Boy, 13, dies trapped 6ft underground after horror sand tunnel collapse

A 13-year-old boy has died after he became trapped six feet underground when digging a tunnel at a sand dunes park.

Ian Spendlove was tragically pronounced dead at hospital after he was found buried in the sand and raced to medics.

The disaster took place at a playground just outside Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park in Kanab, Utah on May 14.

Ian’s parents desperately alerted park rangers and local cops, who all began digging for the boy.

He was found unconscious 23 minutes later and heroic medics urgently carried out CPR before racing him in an air ambulance to St. George Regional Hospital.

But after being transferred to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Ian was sadly pronounced dead after failing to show any brain activity.

In a statement, Utah State Parks said: “The Utah Division of State Parks extends our condolences to Ian Spendlove's friends and family impacted by this tragedy.

“With the recreation season now underway, Utah State Parks would like to remind everyone that while Utah's outdoors are beautiful places to explore, safety needs to be a top priority.

“Always recreate with a buddy, wear your life jackets and helmets, and always let somebody know where you are going and when to expect your return.”

An investigation has been opened into the tragedy, reports local media outlet Salt Lake Tribune.

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No charges have been filed against the parents by the county's sheriff office or the state park.

Mourners online paid their respects and one posted: "Man how tragic. Condolences to the entire family” whilst another commented: “I'm so sorry. Condolences to family and friends."

The dunes in the area are estimated to be over 10,000 years old and are often used for leisure activities by tourists who drive and perform tricks over the sand.

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