Police identify nine year old girl who suffocated under several feet of sand Friday at Lincoln City Beach
From Lincoln City Police
On Friday, August 29th, at approximately 5:15pm the Lincoln City Police (LCPD) and North Lincoln Fire and Rescue (NLFR) responded to a report of a 9 year old girl trapped and buried in the sand at the NW 15th Street beach access. LCPD and NLFR personnel arrived to find a large number of people struggling to dig the girl out. Emergency personnel assisted in extracting the girl from the large hole that had collapsed on her.
Isabel Grace Franks, age 9, from Sandy, OR, was extricated from the hole and found to be unconscious and not breathing. Officers and medical personnel began CPR and Pacific West Ambulance transported her to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City. Despite valiant efforts to revive her, Isabel was pronounced deceased a short time later.
Isabel was visiting Lincoln City with her parents, Robert and Stacy Franks of Sandy, Oregon, along with other family and friends who were at the scene when the collapse occurred.
LCPD and NLFR strongly encourage visitors to the beaches to be aware of the hazards of large beach holes, staying off beach logs, and being aware of surf conditions as well as the tide tables which can help visitors know which way the tidal surge is running.