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April 18, 2001

Sudden Death and Other Risks Associated With Dry-Sand Beach Holes

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;285(15):1964. doi:10.1001/jama.285.15.1964-a

To the Editor: Risks associated with professional construction excavations in clay, soil, and rock and the consequences of collapse of such holes have long been recognized1 and are the subject of government safety guidelines for industry.2,3 However, similar serious but largely unrecognized dangers (including sudden death) may be associated with innocent-appearing recreational beach activities. While traditionally there has been a focus on water safety at public beaches, the risks and threats to the recreational safety of children associated with dry-sand holes have to date achieved little attention in the general public and medical community.