Boy, 10, Dies When The Sand Cave He Dug Collapses On Him

A ten-year-old boy was killed this afternoon when a sand cave that he and a friend were digging near Bodega Bay collapsed onto him.

Authorities say the cave-in happened around 3:30 as the two boys were tunneling into the side of a sand dune at a crowded Salmon Creek State Beach.

The collapse also took down a nearby tree.

The victim's friend was partially buried but was able to dig himself out, and he ran for help.

Rescue personnel pulled the ten-year-old out of six to eight feet of sand, but were unable to resuscitate him.

His identity has not been released.

Bodega Bay Fire Chief Sean Grinnell calls it a freak accident.


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