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Arthur Correa Nunes, 10, crawled into dunes near Praia da Galheta Beach in Laguna, Brazil. The boy was then swallowed by the sand, before being pulled out by a passerby.
Friends and passersby attempted to revive Arthur after he was swallowed by the dunes.
Emergency services arrived and attempted to resuscitate the 10-year-old for more than an hour.
Local reports say Arthur died at the scene in Laguna.
Reports say a wake was held for the boy before he was later cremated.
Following the boy’s tragic death, Aziz Tebechrani Neto, professor of soil mechanics at the University of the Extreme South of Santa Catarina, warned parents about the dangers sand dunes pose.
According to Brazilian news outlet Ndmais, he said: “From the moment there is destabilisation, such as a hole, in the dunes they tend to re-shape themselves and this often happens via collapse.”
Prof. Neto said what happened in the dune was similar to a landslide, but in dunes, the likelihood of a tragedy happening is far higher because of the lack of cohesion between the grains of sand.
The professor also warned dunes were unpredictable and unsafe as a gust of wind could bring them down.
It comes as two horse riders were airlifted to hospital after coming off their horses while riding in Merthyr Mawr sand dunes, near Bridgend, Wales.
The Welsh Ambulance Service was called to the scene around 4pm on Wednesday, August 25 where they assessed the casualties.
The two riders had reportedly been thrown from their horses while out riding and were found “deep in the dunes near the mouth of the River Ogmore”.
At around 4.40pm, further support was requested from the Coastguard who dispatched teams from the Porthcawl and Llantwit Major Coastguard, and a coastguard helicopter from Caernarfon to assist with the recovery.
In June, Exmouth firefighters and coast guards issued a safety warning over sand holes after beachgoers started digging massive holes.
An Exmouth Fire Station spokesperson said: “Digging holes might be a classic beach activity for young children, but some of the holes we have seen are so deep they are definitely not dug by kids.
“These holes are a massive risk to both the people digging them and anyone unfortunate enough to accidentally fall down one.
“Sadly, we have been to many incidents in the past involving large holes and trenches which have quickly turned from a casualty rescue to a body recovery job.
“Sand is heavier than you think. You could be crushed, or suffocated. Please don’t dig deep holes.”
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