March 10, 2014
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.