A freak beach accident leaves Florida man Sean Nagel dead

A Florida man died after being buried alive by a sand dune that collapsed while enjoying the sunrise, authorities said.

The freak accident happened early Sunday morning at Rock Beach on Hutchinson Island — where a passer-by spotted a pair of human legs sticking out of the sand and called for help, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said.

The grim discovery was made around 9 a.m. south of the House of Refuge Museum

Sean Nagel, 37, has died in what is believed to be an accident when a beach dune under which he was recording a sunrise on a Florida beach collapsed on him on Sunday.
Sean Nagel, 37, has died in what is believed to be an accident when a beach dune under which he was recording a sunrise on a Florida beach collapsed on him on Sunday.
Facebook/Will Nagel

Officials have determined that the man in the sand, identified as 37-year-old Sean Nagel, from Stuart, “died of asphyxiation hours earlier from being trapped in the sand”.

Sheriff William Snyder confirmed to WPTV that while digging up Nagel, sand was discovered in his lungs.

The sheriff’s office press release said detectives believe Nagel was lying under a sand dune with his feet up while capturing video of a sunrise between 5 and 6 a.m. when the dune collapsed, trapping him. You suspect no third-party fault.

The incident happened early Sunday at Rock Beach on Hutchinson Island, Florida.
The incident happened early Sunday at Rock Beach on Hutchinson Island, Florida.
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A beach visitor found Sean Nagel's legs sticking out of the sand and called for help, but the man had been dead a few hours.
A beach visitor found Nagel’s legs sticking out of the sand and called for help, but the man had been dead a few hours.
Facebook/Will Nagel

A GoPro camera and a plastic bag were found in the sand next to Nagel’s body, TCPalm.com reported.

The sheriff’s office added that investigators were awaiting the results of toxicology tests under standard procedure, but noted that the results “are not likely to change the outcome of this incident, which is a tragic accident.”

Nagel’s older brother confirmed his death from accidental dune collapse in a Facebook post on Monday.

“I am overcome with sorrow and still cannot believe to tell you all that my younger brother Sean Alexander Nagel is no longer with us on this earth,” Will Nagel wrote. “Please remember to enjoy your life and not take a second for granted.”

Sean Nagel’s old Facebook posts suggest he’ll be survived by a young son.

In May, an 18-year-old was killed when a sand hole he was digging on a New Jersey beach suddenly collapsed.

https://nypost.com/2022/08/09/freak-beach-accident-leaves-florida-man-sean-nagel-dead/ A freak beach accident leaves Florida man Sean Nagel dead

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