Sean Nagel was found buried in a sand dune on Hutchinson Island (Picture: Getty Images)
A man who may have been trying to film a sunrise was found dead after a sand dune apparently collapsed over him in Florida.
Sean Nagel, 37, was found underneath sand at Rock Beach on Hutchinson Island.
Nagel, of Stuart, was found by a researcher conducting a survey of turtle nests on the beach. The researcher saw part of his body protruding out of the dune.
A police report filed by the Martin County Sheriff’s Department said only his feet and ankles were visible in the sand.
Rock Beach is where Sean Nagel’s body was located (Picture: Getty Images)
Emergency services responded to the scene around 9am on Monday. There were unable to resuscitate the victim. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities believe Nagel died from asphyxiation hours before he was found. They do not suspect foul play.
‘It appears that the victim was resting underneath a sand dune while taking video of a sunrise, but the dune collapsed trapping him underneath,’ the Martin County Sheriff’s Office stated.
The Sheriff’s Office said they found a GoPro camera next to Nagel’s body. They believe he was on the beach trying to film the sunrise, as the camera was pointed east. They did not say if the camera managed to capture Nagel’s final moments.
Authorities are still waiting on the results of a standard toxicology test.
‘Those test, however, are not likely to change the outcome of this incident being a tragic accident,’ the sheriff’s office stated.
Multiple people have died this years in accidents from sand dunes.
In Utah, a 13-year-old was killed while trying to dig a tunnel in Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park in mid-May. Relatives and other visitors tried to dig him out, but found him unconscious after 23 minutes.
Around the same time in New Jersey, two teenagers were killed after digging a 10-foot hole on the beach in Toms River. The sand gave way and buried the pair, aged 17 and 18, who suffocated before they could be dug out.
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