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Teenager, 18, killed by collapsing hole in sand on beach he dug with sister, now in hospital

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An 18-year-old has died after a giant 10ft sand hole he dug using just a frisbee collapsed on him and his sister, who was rescued from the beach and is now in hospital

An 18-year-old has died after a sand hole he dug with his sister collapsed, leaving her in serious condition.

Levy Caverley and his 17-year-old sister were involved in a horrific accident at a beach in Ocean County, New Jersey, yesterday (Tuesday, May 17).

Only the younger of the two siblings from Maine could be rescued in time by the police, who were called to the offshore island of Toms River around 4 p.m.

Using only Frisbees, the teens managed to dig a 10-foot pit in the sand, which tragically collapsed on them both. The girl is being treated in the hospital.

Toms River Police said in a statement a number of emergency responders were at the scene.

A spokesman said: “At around 4:09pm on Tuesday 17 May 2022, several police and rescue teams were dispatched to the beach entrance near Seaview Road on the barrier island to receive reports of two teenagers trapped in the sand.

“The family was visiting from out of town and spent the afternoon at the beach. The teenagers were reportedly digging a large hole when it collapsed, trapping them both.”

The statement continued, “Emergency teams from neighboring towns also responded to the scene to help with the rescue effort.

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“The 17-year-old female victim was rescued and treated at the scene, but her brother Levi Caverly, 18, from Union Maine, tragically died in the collapse.”

Levy’s death comes just two years after a similar incident in New Jersey, when an eight-year-old child was rescued in July 2020 after being trapped in the sand.

In nearby Surf City, a 12-year-old boy was hospitalized for treatment in August 2015 after another sand collapse on the beach.

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