Girl dies after sand hole on Ore. beach collapses

Girl dies after sand hole on Ore. beach collapses

Girl dies after sand hole on Ore. beach collapses

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by Sara Roth, KGW

KREM.com

Posted on August 31, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 2 at 9:00 AM

LINCOLN CITY, Ore. -- A small memorial was growing Saturday for a 9-year-old Sandy girl who died after a hole she was digging on a Lincoln City beach collapsed.

On Friday afternoon, Isabel Grace Franks was digging a three to five-foot hole in the sand a few yards from the ocean near the Seagull Motel on Northwest Harbor Avenue, according to the North Lincoln Fire Department.

The sand apparently collapsed on top of Isabel just before 5:15 p.m. and she was buried for around five minutes, witnesses said.

When fire officials and Lincoln City police arrived on the scene, family and bystanders were trying desperately to dig her out.

Officials helped get Isabel out of the sand and a nurse on scene immediately administered CPR.

Paramedics rushed her to the Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City, police said, but she wasn't breathing.

Isabel was pronounced dead around an hour later.

Fire officials said Isabel was from Sandy, Oregon. She was visiting Lincoln City with her parents, along with other family and friends.

On Saturday, mourners created a memorial on the beach for the girl, placing flowers, pinwheels and seashells near the spot where she lost her life.

The Lincoln City Police Department and North Lincoln Fire and Rescue both strongly encouraged visitors to be aware of hazards created by large beach holes. They also cautioned people to stay off beach logs and be aware of surf conditions.

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