A three-year-old girl suffocated after becoming trapped in a pit dug on a beach as she played with her brother. Police said the the walls of the 5ft deep hole collapsed trapping the girl and her older brother as they played on Towans beach, Hayle, Cornwall.
The coastguard and fire and ambulance crews and an air ambulance – with backup from a helicopter from RNAS Culdrose – raced to the scene when the alarm was raised.
The boy was rescued quickly from the sand pit but the girl was stuck and when she was eventually freed she was taken by air ambulance to Treliske Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
A police spokesman said that the girl was on holiday with her family who were not local to the area.
James Instance, Falmouth Coastguard Watch Manager, said: “The child was rescued from the sand and airlifted by the air ambulance to Treliske Hospital with her parents.
“We have been informed that the child has not survived. Our sympathies go out to the family and friends at this tragic time.”
The police spokesman added that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and they are treating the incident as a tragic accident.