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Boy Involved In Long Branch Sand Collapse Dies in Hospital

Oakhurst boy was pronounced dead at 1:34 p.m.

The 12-year-old Oakhurst boy whose sand tunnel has died at Monmouth Medical Center.

Long Branch Police Capt. Jason Roebuck confirmed the boy was pronounced dead at 1:34 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

His name has not been released at this time.

The boy was apparently digging a large tunnel under the sand on the beach near the Great Lawn shortly after 3 p.m. when it collapsed on him.

The boy was with his mother and 10-year-old brother, who tried to dig him out with the help of lifeguards. Lifeguards performed CPR until an ambulance took him to Monmouth Medical Center, where he was placed in pediatric intensive care overnight.

This is the second death that has occurred on a Long Branch beach this summer.

Sha44ss July 20, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Things happen in a SPLIT second!! STOP judging - the parents will be second guessing themselves the rest of their lives! Things like this RIP families and PEOPLE APART! This little one is in HEAVEN with our FATHER where he came from and where he is at PEACE + does NOT wish to return ( i know i have BEEN there) -- it is WE who have to deal with the PAIN of not understanding and 'letting go' and LIVING every minute of our 'short' lives LOVING + HELPING OTHERS while we are here! REACH OUT to someone in PAIN everyday!!
JoanneKash July 21, 2012 at 06:50 PM
I do not believe that anyone is insensitive in this tragedy. I believe that people are upset because this was not, as some people have written, an accident. It could have been prevented if someone in charge was paying attention and stopped this child from digging this dangerous deep tunnel. Heartfelt sympathy for this child and his family.
Lou D. July 22, 2012 at 09:49 PM
PLEASE!!!!!! THIS IS A TRAGEDY AND PARENTS AND FAMILY HAVE LOST A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG BOY! AS A TRAUMA NURSE AND MOTHER OF 13 YR OLD BOY WHO LOVES THE BEACH, THEY DO THINGS THAT THEY THINK THEY ARE INVINCIBLE. YOU CAN TEACH ALL YOU WANT ..THEY WERE HAVING A FUN DAY AND NEVER WANTED THIS TO HAPPEN. WE PAY T BE ON THESE BEACHES AND SAFETY IS IMPERATIVE. LIFE GUARD/POLICE CAN SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING ON BEACHES AND JUST AS THEY RECOMMEND BE CAREFUL WITH RIPTIDES THEY CAN NOTIFY PUBLIC "NO SAND DIGGING--EDUCATE AND ASSIST THE PUBLIC" ...BE KIND WITH YOUR WORDS--- GOD BLESS THIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS
chris July 23, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Shore thing is absolutely right. Apparently this happens every year -- kids being buried in the sand due to tunnels. The wet sand is too heavy often times to dig them out. It's a terrible, awful thing that happened to this boy & his family. I have young children and have definitely learned from this tragedy. My heart so goes out to this family.
Danielle August 06, 2012 at 05:18 AM
I'm sitting here reading this as I'm on family vacation at the beach. How absolutely horrific. Honestly in this situation it is no one's "fault". Every single parent has taken their eyes off their school age child at some point. Any of those times could have resulted in a tragic life altering accident. Preventable or not. Accident. Dont judge because no parent is perfect and clearly she didn't hold her son under the sand while he suffocated. Someone said that it's not an accident because it was preventable. Preventable or not, when something happens and it resulted in something that was not done "on purpose"...it's an accident. Just remember next time your kids are outside and your reading a magazine or your sunbathing while your kids play or you text back a friend, your eyes are off your child just as much as hers were.

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