Man Dies After His Sand Tunnel Collapsed and Buried Him Alive
by Owen James Burke
(Photo: NBC News)
Adam Pye, 26, had dug a 10-foot deep sand tunnel on Francis State Beach in San Mateo County, California and was standing in it early Monday evening when it collapsed on him. It was reported that around 30 bystanders and emergency personnel rushed to help, digging with pails, bare hands and whatever else they could. Emergency personnel arrived on the scene shortly after, but Pye was not fully uncovered until some 35 minutes later, at which point he was pronounced dead on the scene.
Just weeks ago, a Virginia man died in a similar incident on an Outer Banks, North Carolina beach while connecting two six-foot deep holes to build a tunnel.