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Student Dies In Sand Pit After It Collapsed On Him

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Student Dies In Sand Pit After It Collapsed On Him
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“Student dies in sand pit” is not something you want to wake up to in the morning. There’s enough problems in the world today that we don’t need stories of young people with a future ahead of them dying due to an accident. Unfortunately, here we are with the somber news.

An unnamed 19-year-old Korean foreign exchange student was just having some fun with his pals at Oxnard Beach Park Wednesday afternoon. They apparently decided to start digging a sand pit because beaches are perfect for that sort of thing. Unfortunately, tragedy struck as the student was at the bottom of the reportedly six-foot deep sand pit when it collapsed in on him.

The student’s friends immediately called emergency services with firefighters arriving only four minutes after being called. Unfortunately, it took them about 15 minutes to dig through the six feet of sand to reach the young man who had been trapped. They attempted CPR on the scene and then transported him to the nearest hospital. He was pronounced dead soon after.

The worst thing about all this is that he was a foreign exchange student. Due to time zone differences, the boys parents were probably unaware of what had happened for a few hours. Our thoughts go out to the family.

This event is another example of what not to do at the beach. Sand is one of the most powerful forces of nature and can easily crush people if they’re not careful. It’s fine to dig small holes in the sand, but a six foot deep hole is way too much. Sand is far too unstable for such things.

[h/t: CBS LA]

Student Dies In Sand Pit After It Collapsed On Him
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  • Robin

    the friends were right there? They just stood there and let him die? why did they not start digging him out immediately? Article makes it sound like they waited for fire department? Tell me they were not that stupid. if so, charge them for murder.

  • Robin

    THEY JUST STOOD THERE AND LET HIM DIE? THEY DID NOT TRY TO DIG HIM OUT IMMEDIATELY BUT WAITED FOR FIRE DEPARTMENT? TELL ME THEY WERE NOT THAT STUPID. IF SO, CHARGE THEM WITH MURDER AS THAT IS INEXCUSABLE.

  • Hollister Ann Horn

    These where assumably intellectual young sober teenage men of average intelligance……..why would they not have had a plan for troubleshooting just in case of an accidental emergancy to avert this very kind of possible yet plausible crisis from indeed occuring? One would think these smart young men would have foreseen & causiously have preparred for such a possiblely dangerous outcome.

  • Eric

    Hmmmm…..common sense would have avoided the whole thing. Sand pits? Where is the fun in that?

    • Donnybrook

      “our thoughts go out to the family…” What? Just how and why would you attempt to send someone “thoughts”? It’s PRAYERS they need!

  • Bill

    Funny thing. According to OSHA requirements any excavation in ANY sort of soil requires an engineer to determine shoring when it gets more than waist-deep. Sand by its nature is the most dangerous to trench-excavate, because it has little cohesion and is quite dense even in its “loose” state.

    Sorry for this kid, but you know, Liberals tell us its all about Darwin.

  • Jacob

    Tell me you are joking. This isn’t 1492 Columbus. We have the telephone now. You know I can get a call from Australia any time of the day regardless of time zone differences?
    “The worst thing about all this is that he was a foreign exchange student. Due to time zone differences, the boys parents were probably unaware of what had happened for a few hours.”

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