One of the mottos of North Lincoln Fire and Rescue is “Play Safe at the Beach!” Over the years fire and rescue personnel have made it a habit to warn visitors and tourists about high surf, rip currents, digging around cliff faces, wandering too far away in thick fog, not paying attention to the tide tables and more…but nothing about digging a hole in the sand and then sitting in it.
It was precisely that which took the life of a nine year old Sandy girl last week when a five foot deep hole, that she and her friends had dug on the beach, collapsed around her. She suffocated. She was buried for just five minutes but that’s all it took to end her life.
But since the incident, the likes of which are extremely rare, it’s a sure bet they’ll make sand caves and sand holes at the beach a big item on their “To Don’t” list when handing out flyers, putting up posters and adding the extra precautions to their fire-rescue website.
The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.