Virginia Man Dies After Sand Tunnel Collapses at Beach in Outer Banks

Thursday, Jun 26, 2014  |  Updated 6:56 AM EDT
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Va. Man Dies After Sand Tunnel Collapses at Beach

A Virginia man died after a tunnel he was digging on a beach in North Carolina's Outer Banks collapsed Tuesday afternoon.

David Frasier, 49, of Fredericksburg, was digging a tunnel between a pair of six-foot-deep holes at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore when the sand above him collapsed, several news outlets reported.

Friends, family and bystanders pulled Frasier from the sand, but he was unresponsive when emergency crews arrived. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

No deaths resulting from a sand collapse have been reported at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore in at least a decade, a National Park Service spokesperson told the Virginian-Pilot.

Officials say those digging holes in the sand shouldn't dig deeper than their knees, and they should refill the holes at the end of the day.

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