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Six years ago today, we almost lost our then-3 year-old son in a sand hole collapse at Santa Rosa Beach, in Florida. He fell into a hole dug by other children, and the sand collapsed on top of him, burying him completely, with his head at least 8 inches under the surface. Miraculously, he survived. You can read the full story here , with follow-up here . And read about it from the amazing perspective of Erika Wieland, the woman who saved his life, here .
After our accident, I learned that sandhole collapses are a more frequent occurrence than I would’ve dreamed, and that the majority of them end in death. There are four easy things you can do to prevent such a tragedy:
1. When you arrive at the beach, always check nearby for any holes left by others, and fill them in.
2. Do not dig holes any deeper than knee-high of the shortest person in your group. Yeah, I know this sounds extreme. If this feels more extreme than your group can accommodate then perhaps you can at least stop at waist-high.
3. If you do dig holes, fill them in before you leave. The hole my son fell in had been left by other children.
4. Make sure any children you go to the beach with know that holes and trenches can be dangerous, and that they should let you know if they see any abandoned holes.
Every year, as part of my celebration of getting our baby back, I post about our experience, in hopes of raising awareness of this entirely preventable sort of accident. Every summer these accidents continue to happen. I believe that with more awareness of the risks, such tragedy could be avoided.
My internet friends have been a huge part of helping me raise awareness. Will you help me spread the word again this year?
I always like to give a little something away as part of my celebration of this amazing anniversary. I don’t yet know what it will be this year – possibly yarn, possibly handspun, or possibly something handknit. I will surprise you! It will be something I pick out and send you later this summer (after my travels are done).
All you have to do to enter the giveaway is spread the word about the risk of sandhole collapse and what to do to prevent these kinds of accidents. Spread the word however you’d like – on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, your own blog, word-of-mouth, or all of the above). If you spread the word online, you can link back to this page (or to one of the previous posts I linked to above). Then come back here (or on my link to this post on Facebook) and leave a comment, letting me know you’ve passed it on, and I’ll enter you into the drawing. I will draw a random winner next Monday, July 15, after 5:00pm EST.
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for spreading the word about this! I am closing the comments and will do a drawing for the giveaway SOON!!!