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Boy, 13, dies after horror sand tunnel collapses 6ft underground

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Ian Spendlove spent 23 minutes buried under sand outside of Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park in Utah – and although he was taken to hospital he was later pronounced dead

A 13-year-old boy has died after becoming trapped two meters underground while digging a tunnel in a sand dune park.

Ian Spendlove was tragically pronounced dead in hospital after being found buried in the sand and raced to paramedics.

The disaster happened on May 14 at a playground outside of Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park in Kanab, Utah.

Ian’s parents desperately alerted park rangers and local police officers, who all began digging for the boy.

He was found unconscious 23 minutes later and heroic paramedics performed urgent CPR before taking him to St George Regional Hospital in an ambulance.

But after being transferred to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Ian was sadly pronounced dead after showing no brain activity at all.

In a statement, Utah State Parks said: “The Utah Division of State Parks extends our condolences to the friends and family of Ian Spendlove who have been affected by this tragedy.

“As the recreation season now begins, Utah State Parks would like to remind everyone that while Utah’s outdoors are beautiful places to explore, safety must be our top priority.

“Always renew with a buddy, wear your life jackets and helmet, and always let someone know where you’re going and when you can expect to get back.”

An investigation into the tragedy has been launched, reports local media outlet Salt Lake Tribune.

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No charges have been filed against the parents by the county sheriff’s office or the state park.

Mourners paid their respects online and one wrote: “Man, how tragic. Condolences to all the family,” while another commented, “I’m so sorry. Condolences to family and friends.”

The dunes in the area are estimated to be over 10,000 years old and are often used for recreational activities by tourists driving across the sand and performing tricks.

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