Massive hole left on KDH beach

By on May 17, 2022

(Town of Kill Devil Hills)

(Town of Kill Devil Hills)
The town of Kill Devil Hills posted this message and photo on its Facebook page on the morning of May 17.

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.







  • Bill

    I remember many years ago at Cape Hatteras in Buxton. A man had dug a hole so deep that he put a beach chair in it. He was sitting down there reading when it collapsed. There was nothing anyone could do.

    Tuesday, May 17 @ 2:38 pm
  • Greg F

    The worse problem with these holes wasn’t covered. If you’re in that hole and it collapses and buries you, its 50/50 you’re going to die or be injured from suffocating.
    Also, what are the chances that those that dug this hole read this website? How do you get the word about how dangerous this is to these people?

    Tuesday, May 17 @ 2:43 pm
  • surf123

    After looking at the photo again I now think it was a staged. It is highly unlikely you can dig a hole with a shovel in sand and have sheer walls. Even if you were there would be an area of cave in when trying to climb out or in his case climb in. Maybe they did it with a back hoe for the purposes of educating the public. Whatever the case it was a bad call.

    Tuesday, May 17 @ 2:46 pm
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    So your theory is that Kill Devil Hill officials themselves created the hole so they could issue a warning about it?????

    Tuesday, May 17 @ 2:53 pm
  • Bobby

    I have some digging that needs done and I will pay.

    Tuesday, May 17 @ 3:36 pm
  • Alan

    Just an observation….that does not look like an Ocean Rescue Supervisor……he seems dressed to be more like that of a Public Works Employee……he is in the hole, holding a shovel….the sand on top of the pile is a darker color, which means it is wet and has not been out long enough to dry out……there appears to be a coil of pipe or wire lying beside the hole, probably from some type of underground utility work….however, there is a problem with large ones being left on the beach……

    Tuesday, May 17 @ 5:35 pm
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    That is the Ocean Rescue Supervisor.

    Wednesday, May 18 @ 12:09 pm
  • bystander

    Staged!??? for what purpose?? Make a mess you clean the Mess! Dig a hole fill the Hole ! don’t make someone else responsible to clean up after YOU!! grow up!

    Tuesday, May 17 @ 6:39 pm
  • Barry Logan

    People walking on dunes in Nags Head and the lack of manicuring of existing dunes is criminal. We take care of ours, and we deal with the consequences.

    Tuesday, May 17 @ 7:27 pm
  • Jeff Walker

    Telling tourists not to do something idiotic and disruptive is just peeing into the wind.

    Tuesday, May 17 @ 8:35 pm
  • Kathleen Brennan

    Moments ago I saw a New Jersey article about a 17 year old who died from sand collapsing in a deep hole dug by him and his sister. Fortunately his sister survived.

    I fill in holes as I see them. And I educate people digging them if I observe it. The education and prevention is something we can all do.

    Tuesday, May 17 @ 11:11 pm
  • Linda

    Surf123, I find it hard to believe that a local official would stage such a thing. I just finished reading a news story of just such a sand hole on a New Jersey beach that collapsed. Two teens were injured in the collapse and unfortunately one lost their life due to their misjudgment. How to get the word out? The Outer Banks has numerous rentals and hotels/motels that can help with this situation. How about supplying pamphlets issuing warnings and dangers to the realtors and rental homeowners to post as well as stocking the Welcome Centers with these pamphlets.

    Has this become the latest stupid and dangerous Tik Tock fad?

    Wednesday, May 18 @ 5:45 am
  • MFS

    An 18 year old died in NJ this week after the hole he and his sister dug collapsed on them. Another child died in Utah for the same reason. This happens more than we realize.

    Wednesday, May 18 @ 8:37 am
  • Wayne

    I do not think that picture was staged at all. I see it all the time the children and adults dig humongous holes and when they leave the beach they do not fill them in O B X officials have asked nicely I think it’s time to do something else. Put a sign up at each public beach and have a phone number where you can report people who walk away without filling them in

    Wednesday, May 18 @ 9:18 am
  • Wayne

    Put signs up what the phone number to report these people!

    Wednesday, May 18 @ 9:19 am
  • Jean Martin

    Seams a waste of time to go to the beach and dig a huge whole, there is so much fishing, shell collecting, etc that could be done. If the best anyone can do with their time is go to the beach dig a whole and put everyone else in danger, do us all a favor just stay home.

    Wednesday, May 18 @ 9:30 am
  • Travis

    Sigh. The hole conspiracy types make me want to buy one of those “Thanos Was Right” mugs.

    Wednesday, May 18 @ 12:58 pm
  • Sean

    One died in Utah digging a hole in one of the state parks and another died the same day in New Jersey. Make it illegal for all because of the dumb ones out there…

    Wednesday, May 18 @ 9:41 pm
  • Pam

    I am a victim to just that. I did step in a hole on the beach and broke a bone in my foot. Maybe digging holes should be band from being dig on the beach. The lifeguards should or could stop this from happening. Just a thought.

    Thursday, May 19 @ 6:43 am
  • Donnie Claudice

    looks like a set up but the problem is real

    Saturday, May 21 @ 3:06 am