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Photos show family moments before tragic NJ sand collapse killed teen

Unique photographs present the household of a teen who died in a freak sand gap collapse on the Jersey Shore having enjoyable within the solar simply moments earlier than tragedy struck.

The final identified photographs of the Caverly household seem to indicate Levi, 18, digging the deep pit along with his 17-year-old sister as their mother and father,  Angela and Todd, watched at Toms River’s Ocean Seaside 3, in response to a beach-goer who snapped the shot.

“They had been digging so frigging deep. We’ve had storms and every thing was moist, so the sand was agency. It wasn’t arduous to dig that deep. I’d say by 12:30 p.m., you couldn’t even see them, they had been so deep,” the beach-goer instructed the Submit.

The witness stated she unintentionally captured the household within the background of a photograph she shot of her husband at round 12:50 p.m. Tuesday — simply hours earlier than the sand caved in on the kids, killing Levi and burying his sister as much as her neck, in response to police and witnesses.

The lady who took the shot stated that she acquired a foul feeling concerning the teenagers digging, and thought of warning the household of the hazard.

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A witness stated Levi Caverly and his sister had been digging a really deep gap earlier than the sand collapsed.
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“I stated to my husband, ‘I’d higher go over there. What’s the mom doing?’ The mother was simply laying there,” she stated.

The beach-goer, who requested to not be named, determined to not intervene — however later realized one thing was terribly fallacious when she noticed first responders arriving.

“At round 3:45 pm there have been helicopters, hearth engines. I got here operating over,” she stated, including: “These are the final household footage, timestamped 12:49.”

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The witness stated she captured the household within the background of a photograph she was taking of her husband.
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One other witness instructed The Submit Wednesday that she assumed somebody had drowned when she noticed the variety of cops dashing in direction of the shoreline.

“We acquired to the seaside and stated, ‘Oh no, any individual drowned.’ After which I noticed all of the shovels and everyone was going loopy,”  Frankie Graziano, 52, who was strolling canines along with her sister.

She watched the daddy of the kids’ “agonized” facial features as dozens of first responders tried to dig out his children from the opening, which hearth officers stated was 10-feet deep.

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Levi Caverly was killed when the sand gap collapsed.
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“The outlet was so deep that you possibly can hardly see the boys who had been digging. The lads had been meticulously handing off buckets of sand in a row in a bucket brigade to get it away from the opening. I heard them say, ‘We’ve situated him.’  He was clearly deceased as a result of he’d been in there too lengthy,” she stated.

“I noticed the dad, too. I noticed his face. I might acknowledge the agony in it. My coronary heart bleeds for him, as a result of at some point your life is complete and the subsequent day it’s damaged. And the guilt that goes together with it — I’m certain they’ll by no means be the identical once more,” she stated.

The Caverly household, from Union, Maine, was on trip when the freak accident unfolded, Toms River Police stated.

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Levi’s 17-year-old sister was trapped within the pit however was in the end rescued and brought to the hospital.
Steve White for the New York Submit

The siblings had spent hours digging the opening with frisbees earlier than it collapsed, in response to police and different sources. It took first responders greater than 2 1/2 hours to dig out Levi and his sister, who was handled for accidents on the scene, in response to police.

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