Child dies in hole dug on beach during holiday weekend

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Child dies in hole dug on beach during holiday weekend

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Aug 31, 2014

A child died on Friday evening after being buried alive in a hole in the sand that collapsed in Lincoln City, Oregon.

Isabel Grace Franks, 9, was visiting the beach with her family for the holiday weekend.  

Lincoln City police Sgt. Brian Eskridge details, "Her and her siblings were digging a big hole in the sand," reports CNN. "She was sitting inside, and the hole collapsed. We believe she was under the sand around five minutes."

According to CNN, "It's not unusual for kids to build holes and sandcastles in the sand, but a lot of people don't understand it can collapse," Eskridge further detailed. "It's difficult for people to understand how hard it is to get people out."

The hole was described to have been deep enough for an adult to crouch in and not be seen from the surface.

Beachgoers attempted to help as family members, police and firefighters dug Franks out. She was unconscious and not breathing when her body was reached.

Despite rescue workers performing CPR en route, Franks was declared dead at a local hospital. 

The hole on the beach was closed to prevent another weekend tragedy. People have since left candles and flowers at the scene in remembrance.

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.