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Oregon Beach Sand Collapse Kills 9-Year-Old Girl

When you think of potentially fatal threats at the beach, you probably think of sharks or riptides. You probably don’t worry about the sand. But that unexpected killer has now claimed at least three lives in the United States this summer.

Nine-year-old Isabel Grace Franks died at a Lincoln City, Oregon, beach on Friday, when a hole she was digging in the sand caved in and buried her, authorities said.

“We heard screaming,” Tracey Dudley, who was staying at a nearby hotel, told CNN affiliate KATU. “At first we thought, you know, it was just kids. But it was like screaming and screaming and screaming.”

Before the emergency workers arrived, beachgoers had frantically tried to dig her out, but the sand kept collapsing back into the hole, Eskridge said.

Police and firefighters dug her out, but she was unconscious and not breathing. Emergency crews performed CPR on her and transported her to a hospital, where she was declared dead.

For more on this story, visit Mark Morgenstein and Faith Karimi, CNN.

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