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Sat Jun 11, 2016, 01:12 PM

 

Oklahoma teen, 17, dies after his eight-foot- deep sand tunnel collapses on top of him at the beach

Oklahoma teen, 17, dies after his eight-foot- deep sand tunnel collapses on top of him at the beach while on vacation in Florida
Travor Brown, 17, died Friday after being taken off life support
He was critically injured after a sand tunnel he created collapsed on him
The tunnel measured about 20-feet-wide and 8-9-feet-deep
Brown was visiting Florida with friends when the accident occurred


Beachgoers told the Bay County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) they'd seen a couple of teens digging in a sand bank and later noticed a teen's feet sticking out of the sand.
Witnesses and rescue crews started digging Brown out using shovels and wooden panels to keep the sand from collapsing more as they dug, according to the news station.
First responders performed CPR on him before they rushed him to a hospital, where days later his parents made the decision to remove him from life support.





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Reply Oklahoma teen, 17, dies after his eight-foot- deep sand tunnel collapses on top of him at the beach (Original post)
Liberal_in_LA Jun 2016 OP
dhill926 Jun 2016 #1
elljay Jun 2016 #2
dhill926 Jun 2016 #3
yeoman6987 Jun 2016 #4
rjsquirrel Jun 2016 #5
yeoman6987 Jun 2016 #7
rjsquirrel Jun 2016 #8
malaise Jun 2016 #9
csziggy Jun 2016 #6
elljay Jun 2016 #10
phylny Jun 2016 #11
elljay Jun 2016 #14
phylny Jun 2016 #16
elljay Jun 2016 #17
csziggy Jun 2016 #12
Rex Jun 2016 #13
Separation Jun 2016 #15

Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sat Jun 11, 2016, 01:24 PM

1. sad....what a waste....

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Response to dhill926 (Reply #1)

Sat Jun 11, 2016, 01:40 PM

2. Those of us who grew up on the coast

know better. You have to respect the sand and respect the water because hey may look peaceful and safe, but it only takes a second for that to change. I wonder if anyone bothered to warn him that what he was doing was dangerous.

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Response to elljay (Reply #2)

Sat Jun 11, 2016, 01:42 PM

3. I hear ya...

I live on the coast now, and cringe when I see kids burying themselves in the sand. Usually shallow, but. An 8 foot deep tunnel though...not smart....

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Response to elljay (Reply #2)

Sat Jun 11, 2016, 01:43 PM

4. Probably not

 

His friends were from Oklahoma too and most likely never thought sand would be dangerous. As far as others, doesn't seem so.

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Sat Jun 11, 2016, 02:55 PM

7. I never would have thought that seriously. I thought they were in the middle of the country

 

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Response to elljay (Reply #2)

Sat Jun 11, 2016, 08:05 PM

9. Yep

Locals should have warned him although some young folks don't want advice

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sat Jun 11, 2016, 02:19 PM

6. Yeah, our next door neighbor was buried in sand once

Fortunately he was not as deep and they got him out with no lasting damage.

I lived in the middle of the Florida peninsula, not near a beach but the sand was just as unstable, maybe more so since it was dryer.

The neighbor was the age of my second oldest sister and he and my sisters played together all the time. My sisters helped him dig a tunnel and when it collapsed around him they dug him out. I'm not sure the adults were ever told about the situation. I was about seven and my sisters would have been eleven and thirteen.

With that example, I was never tempted into digging a tunnel into the Florida sand!

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Response to csziggy (Reply #6)

Sat Jun 11, 2016, 08:54 PM

10. Grew up on Long Island

No way the lifeguards would have allowed such a deep hole and the very outspoken New Yorkers would have come over and said something. Not a shy crowd in my neighborhood!

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Response to elljay (Reply #10)

Sat Jun 11, 2016, 09:17 PM

11. Me too.

I spent summer days at Point Lookout. Those lifeguards were phenomenal.

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Response to phylny (Reply #11)

Sat Jun 11, 2016, 10:39 PM

14. Hey, me, too!

Grew up in Oceanside. Was at Point Lookout just about every weekend!

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Response to elljay (Reply #14)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 05:16 AM

16. West Hempstead here.

I haven't been back to the beach, although my dad still lives there. I remember the incredibly soft, white sand. It was such a treasure. Thanks, Town of Hempstead, for buying that gorgeous piece of real estate for us!

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Response to phylny (Reply #16)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 10:03 AM

17. My mom sold the house about 5 years agi

but I have gone to Long Beach a couple of times with relatives. Long Island beaches are truly phenomenal. I really miss them, now that I live in Northern California where you really can't swim!

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Response to elljay (Reply #10)

Sat Jun 11, 2016, 09:31 PM

12. We were sort of feral kids, the whole pack of us

Mom and Dad were working full time, as were most of the parents in the neighborhood. Over the summers the older kids were supposed to watch the younger ones but the best thing they did was to show us what NOT to do.

We had boundaries beyond which we were not allowed to go and we respected that - but pretty much not anything else. There were no latch key kids - no one locked their houses unless they were going to be gone for more than a day.

We lived next to a lake that had been dredged from a swamp when the neighborhood had been started. Although it was a city park, the city did little to maintain it until the mid 1960s. They didn't even keep the area around the lake mowed so it was quite a jungle.

There were alligators, water moccasins and all kinds of things living in the lake and the jungle around it. We knew to stay away from them and made enough noise they stayed away from us. Still, my first dog was killed by a water moccasin and a neighbor's dog was eaten by an alligator. After that the city dredged the lake again and started mowing it on a regular basis - plus the wildlife people came and caught the larger alligator and took it away. There was a smaller one, but no one told the wildlife guys.

It's amazing none of the kids were ever seriously hurt or got into serious trouble. While we were feral, we policed ourselves and kept entertained without being destructive.

The boy getting buried was the most serious thing that happened and we all helped get him out fast so he wasn't injured. What the adults didn't know didn't worry us - we just took care of ourselves.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sat Jun 11, 2016, 09:36 PM

13. Poor kid, that's not a tunnel it is a death trap and it worked.

 

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sat Jun 11, 2016, 10:55 PM

15. Damn that reminds me of a similiar situation.

When I was 10 years old or so, me and 3 other friends had dug a tunnel into a side of a hill. We used it as our fort and meeting place. We had candles and nudie mags and every once in a while a cigarette stolen from one of our parents. One day out of the blue it collapsed with one of my good childhood friends inside of it. I dont know how, but the two of us managed to dig him out. He was buried for a good 10 minutes and came out with nothing more than some scrapes and bruises.

Ive since lost contact with him, and Ive always wondered what he has done with himself. I know that he dodged a bullet that day, as did all of us. Since then I dont like going into caves or allow my kids to dig any type of pits/tunnels/forts. Not even snow caves.

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