Buried girl rescued after sand dune collapse

HM Coastguard

Coastguards have warned beachgoers after an 11 year-old girl was buried underneath a sand dune which collapsed.

The girl had to be dug out after she was trapped under the dune on Newborough Beach on Tuesday evening. Coastguard teams from Rhosneigr and Bangor were called out at just after 5.15pm, along with the North Wales Fire Service.

She was trapped for several minutes until her head was uncovered by members of the public, allowing her to breathe. The girl was not seriously injured.

HM Coastguard said they warned strongly against digging holes and tunnels in sand dunes and called on parents to keep a close eye on their children.

Senior maritime operations officer Gareth Jones said the girl was ”very lucky to have escaped serious injury or even death”.

”It was a very close call indeed and the circumstances could have been very different had those who’d helped her not managed to free her airway.  Sand dunes by their very nature are notoriously unstable and digging large holes or tunnels in them can be extremely dangerous or even fatal.”

”People need to think that if it’s taken two hours to dig the hole or tunnel – that’s how long it will take someone to dig them out. We would urge anyone at the seaside to take extra care in sand dunes and especially not to dig or tunnel into the side of them.”

Mr Jones said they were not trying to warn off kids from digging at the beach but added the chances of a sand collapse were ”extremely high” when digging into the side of dunes or digging giant holes.

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