By Outer Banks Voice on May 17, 2022
Why is our Ocean Rescue Supervisor standing in a large hole with a frustrated look on his face, you may ask? Because someone decided to dig a massive hole on our beach and leave it unattended. I guess we need to say it a little louder for the people in the back. Digging holes on the beach and leaving them unattended is extremely dangerous!!!
Why are they dangerous? We’re glad you asked. Did you know that national statistics comparing sand hole collapses to shark attacks confirms that you are far more likely to experience a sand hole collapse than a shark attack? (Thanks to Ocean City for that great info).
No one goes to the beach thinking that they will leave with a broken ankle or worse. Unattended holes can cause numerous injuries to other beachgoers. Holes make it challenging for first responders to quickly get to an emergency on the beach. They can also cause damage to their vehicles. Who doesn’t love cute little sea turtles?! Holes on the beach can trap hatchlings and/or their mother and cause fatal results.
Digging holes in the sand can be a serious hazard. If you want to dig a hole on the beach, only dig shallow holes and always fill them in once you’re finished. Help keep everyone on our beaches safe.