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Utah girl dies after being buried in sand dune

Published October 20, 2012 9:32 pm
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A Santa Clara girl died Saturday, a day after she was found buried in a pile of sand at Snow Canyon State Park.

Whitney Webb, 15, died at Primary Children's Medical Center, spokeswoman Bonnie Midget confirmed Saturday night.

Webb was buried in the sand for a few minutes Friday afternoon before she was discovered by her family, but it was long enough to cause her to stop breathing. Family and other bystanders dug her out and started CPR. A helicopter flew her to Dixie Regional Medical Center, where doctors were able to restore her pulse, but she remained in critical condition and was taken to Primary Children's.

Shauna Jones, of the Washington County Sheriff's Office, said the girl was playing with her younger siblings, who were partially burying her in a hole about four feet deep. When the family was getting ready to leave, they got as far as the parking lot and noticed the girl wasn't with them. They returned to find the girl fully submerged in the sand with only her hair sticking out. Jones said the hole may have caved in at some point.


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