Levy Caverley: Teen dies in New Jersey sand collapse as sister miraculously SURVIVES
'They teens were reportedly digging a large hole when it collapsed and trapped both of them,' police said
TOMS RIVER, NEW JERSEY: An 18-year-old from Maine lost his life while on a vacation with his family to New Jersey. His 17-year-old sister miraculously survived after a 10-feet hole they had dug up at a beach in Ocean County on Tuesday, May 17, collapsed. It has been reported that Levy Caverley, 18, and his sister became victims of the sand collapse near Seaview Road and Chadwick Beach on the barrier island of Toms River at around four in the evening.
The pair had been enjoying themselves since afternoon with their family who had come in from Maine for a vacation. They reportedly had used frisbees to dig the hole before the tragedy struck. In a statement shared on their Facebook page, Toms River Police Department said, “On Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at approximately 4:09 PM, multiple police and EMS units were dispatched to the beach entrance near Seaview Road on the barrier island for reports of two teens trapped in the sand. The family was visiting from out of town and spent the afternoon at the beach.”
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The post added: “They teens were reportedly digging a large hole when it collapsed and trapped both of them. Emergency crews from neighboring towns also responded to the scene to assist in rescue efforts. The 17 year old female victim was rescued and treated at the scene, but her brother Levy Caverley, 18 of Maine, tragically died in the collapse.”
In another similar incident, a 13-year-old boy identified as Ian Spendlove from Utah died over the weekend after a sand dune "unexpectedly collapsed" on him at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, PEOPLE reported. Commenting on the tragedy that happened on Saturday, May 14, authorities said: “Park rangers believe he had been digging a tunnel in the side of a sand dune when it unexpectedly collapsed with him inside,” before noting that the teenager was discovered “approximately 6-and-a-half-feet beneath the sand” after people visiting the park and its employees began rescue operation.
Authorities also added that “first responders administered CPR until additional emergency personnel arrived. After confirming that Spendlove had a pulse, he was transported via Life Flight to St. George Regional Hospital and then to Primary Children's Hospital.” However, on Sunday, Spendlove was pronounced dead since he “had not regained brain activity”.
After the unfortunate incident, Devan Chavez, a spokesman for the parks agency, requested visitors to keep themselves safe. He noted, “Always recreate with a buddy or someone who can help you or go and get help. And always let someone away from the area know where you´re going and what your plan is.”
Meanwhile, Toms River Police Department’s social media post has attracted a lot of attention with a user commenting, “Absolutely heartbreaking. My sincerest condolences to the family.” Another user wrote: “That’s aweful...😭...Truly So Sorry For Your Loss 🙏..” The third user said, “R.i.p a huge appreciation to all saving the girls life. Much love.” “I can’t even grasp my head around this. The family, the first responders, how do they even begin to recover,” the fourth one shared.