A Florida man died following a sand dune collapsed on him as he was recording a sunrise from the beach on the Atlantic Coast, a sheriffs office said Monday.
The 35-year-old man was found dead Sunday on Hutchinson Island by somebody who spotted section of his body sticking from the sand, the Martin County Sheriffs Office said in a statement.
Somehow, while he was there, inexplicably, we dont know why, that beach erosion mountain of sand collapsed on him, Sheriff William Snyder told NBC affiliate WPTV of West Palm Beach.
The sheriffs office said in a statement Monday that investigators believe the person was recording the sunrise and resting underneath a sand dune when it collapsed.
The person was recognized to record sunsets at the beach, the sheriff told WPTV. He was a resident of Stuart, a nearby city, the sheriff’s office said.
Investigators think he died hours before he was found.
At the very least two other folks have died this season in incidents involving collapsing sand at dunes or beaches, but those involved people digging in to the sand.
A 13-year-old boy died in Utah in-may following a tunnel hed dug right into a sand dune at circumstances park collapsed, and exactly the same month, an 18-year-old died following a hole at a fresh Jersey beach collapsed.
Phil Helsel is really a reporter for NBC News.