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7-year-old Indiana girl dies after getting trapped in sand while on Florida beach vacation

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A 7-year-old Indiana girl died and her 9-year-old brother was hospitalized after the sand hole they were digging in at a Florida beach collapsed on top of them, authorities said.


Sloan and Maddox Mattingly were playing at a beach in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea when they became trapped in the sand, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said. They were on vacation with their parents.


Multiple agencies responded to a call about the incident around 3:16 p.m. Tuesday. Cellphone video obtained by NBC South Florida showed several beachgoers using their hands to try and free the children.


Rescuers used support boards to prevent the sand from collapsing further and shovels to dig the siblings out from the hole that was about 5 feet deep, Sandra King, a spokesperson for Pompano Beach Fire Rescue, told the news station.