A TEEN boy has died after being buried in up to two meters of sand when a dune unexpectedly collapsed.
Officials said 13-year-old Ian Spendlove was digging a tunnel in Utah’s Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park when tragedy struck on Saturday.
The dune collapsed, trapping him under the sand.
A family member who saw the dune collapse notified park officials, who were desperate to find Spendlove.
Crews rushed to the scene and found the teenager about eight feet under the sand.
A state park officer and deputies from the Kane County Sheriff’s Office used shovels to rescue the boy.
He was taken to a local hospital with Life Flight before being transferred to Salt Lake City.
He was pronounced dead on Sunday after failing to regain brain activity, park officials said.
Tributes were paid to the teenager online.
One said: “I’m so sorry. Condolences to family and friends.”
Another wrote: “Man, how tragic. Condolences to the whole family.”
A third mourner commented: “Poor boy rest in peace.”
It’s not the first time tragedy has struck the park.
In 2018, a 13-year-old boy from Eagle Mountain was killed when the four-wheeler he was riding went over a dune and fell on its side, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park has around 1,500 acres of sand dunes, officials revealed.
Park officials and authorities are investigating the tragedy.
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