Millions of Americans are flocking to the beaches
on these hot summer days, and officials are sending
out a new safety warning. But this warning has nothing
to do with sharks or rip currents, this warning is
all about the sand.
The warning comes after a terrible tragedy at a northern
California beach. It's probably something you've seen
people do over and over.
Rescue workers say Adam Pye, a recent college graduate,
died last week, buried alive inside a ten-foot deep
hole he dug in the sand.
Dozens of beachgoers frantically tried to reach him,
but it was too late.
And this isn't the first incident of its type to spark
such a warning.
Back in 2011 it took firefighters 27 minutes to rescue
a 17-year-old boy who survived being buried in a seven-foot
But in 2012 a 12-year-old New Jersey boy wasn't so
lucky. He died after being trapped in a tunnel he
dug with his brother.
And officials want you know that a deadly situation
like this happens in seconds, but it can be prevented.
They say to make sure if you're digging a tunnel that
it is only knee-deep. If something happens then, you
can either get yourself out or easily be reached by
They also say to make sure you cover any tunnels before
you leave, preventing anyone else from crawling through.