A Maine family is mourning the death of their teenage son, who was killed by him and his sister after digging a hole on a New Jersey beach and trapped under sand.
Levi Caverli, 18, and his 17-year-old sister were on a family vacation in the River Toms on Tuesday when the siblings decided to use a Frisbee to dig a 10-foot hole that collapsed. ABC news channel WPVI reported that the tragic incident happened around 4 pm.
,[The] In a statement posted on Facebook by the Toms River Police Department, the teen was reportedly digging a large hole when he fell and the two were trapped.
The brothers and sisters were buried several feet under the sand; Levi Cavallari was completely submerged and his sister was held up to his chest.
Emergency crews from the River Toms and neighboring towns worked round the clock to free the teens, using water buckets, ladders, bulldozers and other heavy machinery. The 17-year-old sister was rescued and treated on the spot, but Levi Caverli died. His body was recovered around 7 pm
Teen’s mother Angela Cavarli told NJ.com That her daughter is doing “okay” physically.
“It was our first time [in Toms River], We came to try to have a family vacation,” she said, adding that she doesn’t regret coming to New Jersey. “It is what it is. You can’t change it.”
Angela Cavallari said that her son plays drums in a band and is teaching himself to code.
Toms River Mayor Maurice B “Mo” Hill said in a statement that the incident happened during the “off-season” that otherwise would have lifeguards who usually stop people from digging deep holes on the beach.