A Maine teenager vacationing on the Jersey Shore with his family died Tuesday after being trapped in the sand with his sister, officials say.
Levi Caverly, 18, was digging a hole on a barrier island in Toms River with his 17-year-old sister when the sand crumbled around them, the Toms River Police Department said in a statement.
Emergency crews rushed to dig up the siblings, but Caverly was pronounced dead at the scene.
His sister was saved alive.
“Levi was himself. He was weird. He was weird. He wasn’t really concerned about what other people thought,” his father, Todd, wrote on Facebook Wednesday. “He knew Jesus Christ. He was involved in the worship team at church and was the drummer for a worship band for teens and young adults. He was a tech freak and he loved to program.
His death came just days after 13-year-old Ian Spendlove was similarly killed when a sand dune collapsed on top of him at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park in Utah.