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not a nice story sorry. but just a remined how dangerous sand can be

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2shoes Mon 04-Aug-08 22:19:09


S1ur Mon 04-Aug-08 22:33:42

There was a story last year (?) about a little girl who was buried in a hole she'd dug. Horrible.

And although I admit I would know keep a close eye on my dcs digging enormous holes, I refuse to spend my days out on beach fretting over the dangers that may lurk.

WendyWeber Mon 04-Aug-08 22:35:58

Oh, I saw that this morning sad

It was big enough for them to walk through shock

Penelope Leach had a paragraph on this in her baby & child book IIRC - just a general thing about visitors to places not understanding local risks, but specifically mentioning the risk of sand tunnels collapsing.

2shoes Mon 04-Aug-08 22:44:50

I think it is something we all did as children(although not that big)

blithedance Mon 04-Aug-08 23:02:31

I work in the building industry - you are not allowed to descend an unsupported pit (for example if digging up the road) that is deeper than four feet/1.2m, i.e chest height on an average man. The idea being that if it collapsed your lungs and head would be free to breathe.

If I saw someone on a beach digging a 5 foot tunnel I would certainly have strong words - the phrase "Death trap" comes to mind (and I'm not normally the type to interfere). Sand dries out quickly in the sun and then will collapse like sugar. <shudders>

blithedance Mon 04-Aug-08 23:03:56

if they want to dig a huge hole then the sides should be sloped!

twoGsinBuggerOff Mon 04-Aug-08 23:16:43

god how awful
what a way to go sad

kormachameleon Mon 04-Aug-08 23:24:37

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