Man on vacation dies after Outer Banks sand hole collapses

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CAPE HATTERAS, N.C. — Authorities say a man vacationing on the Outer Banks died after he was buried in sand while digging a tunnel to connect two large holes.

WTKR-TV reported that 49-year-old David Frasier of Fredericksburg, Virginia was unresponsive when he was pulled out of the approximately 4-foot hole.

It happened sometime Monday afternoon north of ramp 27 between the villages of Salvo and Avon, according to The National Park Service.

Rescuers were able to free Frasier at the beach south of Salvo about 15 minutes later, but he was already dead, according to officials. A registered nurse visiting the beach nearby tried to revive him.

Units from the National Park Service, Dare County EMS and Hatteras Island Ocean Rescue responded to the scene.

Digging a sand hole is completely fine on the beach, though lifeguards prohibit anyone from making a hole that’s more than a few feet deep.


  • NobodyAtAll

    In sand! That is like being in the bottom of a hour glass.. Just a matter of time before your time is up.

  • Amy

    Sad thing is this is probably someone’s dad, grandfather, son, brother, uncle or friend that you guys are making negative comments about. Remember Karma bites so hopefully a horrific accident doesn’t strike your own family or friends.

    I’m sure he was just having fun went it tragically went wrong. May God bless his family and friends with love and comfort!

    • Concere Friend

      Thank you Amy, this is someone’ Dad/husband and the these comments that have been posted on here have been seen by the family memebers/his children! The news needs to delete these comments it is very upsetting to his family and friends.I can not believe they have allowed these to stay out here.

  • Jenn

    This guy was a terrific person and a friend of mine for over 30 years. His friends and family are grief stricken and the whacks posting negative comments should only hope something so stupidly tragic does not happen in their own lives.

  • Te

    I’m shocked that y’all have nothing else to do. This is absolutely just pitiful. He was a classmate of mine and was such a wonderful person. Get a life…

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