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Boy dies after being buried under sand dune at state park

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The Salt Lake Tribune via AP
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This 2018 file photo shows Coral Pink Sand Dunes state park near Kanab, Utah. A teenager visiting southern Utah's State Park died on Sunday, May 15, 2022, after he was entrapped beneath a sand dune that had collapsed on him a day prior. Ian Spendlove, a 13 year old from the St. George suburbs, was pronounced dead on Sunday after not regaining brain activity lost in the incident, the Utah State Parks Department said Monday.

A 13-year-old Utah boy has died a day after a sand dune he was digging in collapsed and buried him at a state park.

Officials say Ian Spendlove, of Santa Clara, had been digging a tunnel into the dune at southern Utah's Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park when it collapsed on him Saturday evening.

A family member alerted authorities, and park rangers arrived to dig the boy out from what they said was over 6 feet of sand.

Spendlove was taken to a St. George hospital and then to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City.

The Utah Division of State Parks Department says he died there Sunday after not regaining brain activity.