Teen killed by collapsing beach sand hole he dug with sister now in hospital

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

Levy Caverley and his 17-year-old sister became trapped in a horror accident at a beach in Ocean County in New Jersey, US yesterday (Tuesday, May 17).

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

Using only frisbees, the teenagers managed to dig a 10ft pit in the sand which tragically collapsed on both of them. The girl is being treated in hospital.

Toms River Police said in a statement that a number of emergency crews attended the scene.

A spokesperson said: "On Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at approximately 4:09 PM, multiple police and EMS units were dispatched to the beach entrance near Seaview Road on the barrier island for reports of two teens trapped in the sand.

"The family was visiting from out of town and spent the afternoon at the beach. They teens were reportedly digging a large hole when it collapsed and trapped both of them."

The statement continued: "Emergency crews from neighbouring towns also responded to the scene to assist in rescue efforts.

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

Levy's death comes just two years after a similar incident in New Jersey when in July 2020, an eight-year-old child was pulled to safety after becoming trapped in sand.

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

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