Girl, 9, dead after Lincoln City sand cave collapses

Isabel Grace Franks was 9

Rescuers respond to a sand cave collapse in Lincoln City, August 29, 2014. (The News Guard: Lincoln City)
Rescuers respond to a sand cave collapse in Lincoln City, August 29, 2014. (The News Guard: Lincoln City)

LINCOLN CITY, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A 9-year-old girl trapped beneath sand after a sand cave collapsed in Lincoln City on Friday has been pronounced dead, according to Jim Kruse with Lincoln City Fire & Rescue.

Lt. Jerry Palmer says police and firefighters responded shortly after 5 p.m. Friday and found a group of people trying to dig the girl out. Palmer says officers helped extract the girl, who was identified Saturday as Isabel Grace Franks, from a large hole.

“The child came out of the hole unconscious and not breathing,” said Lincoln City Police Lt. Jerry Palmer.

Officers began CPR and were relieved by North Lincoln Fire & Rescue and Pacific West Ambulance medical teams.

An ambulance transported Isabel to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital where she was unable to be revived.

Authorities said the 9-year-old was visiting the Oregon Coast city with her family who were at the scene when the collapse occurred.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Video below courtesy of The News Guard in Lincoln City.

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