Concerns surround around beach safety following 8-year-old boy buried by sand

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


An 8-year-old boy remains in serious condition after he was buried in the sand at Fort Ord Dunes State Park.

While many beach goers are aware of the dangers of the water, sand can be just as dangerous.

“Sand varies widely from totally round sand grains, which cannot stand at any slope at all,” said Dr. Gary Griggs, a Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Griggs said the further you dig into the ground; you lose strength in the walls and create more weight and pressure…

Read Full Article, KSBW (07-10-2020)

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