12-year-old Boy Scout dead after buried in sand

A 12-year-old Boy Scout is dead after he was buried in sand at a park in Van Buren County, Michigan over the weekend.

Police were dispatched to the scene around 4:11 p.m. after receiving reports about an unresponsive boy.

Gage Wilson, 12, was initially found by two members of the Boy Scout troop and later identified by police.

Gage was buried in the sand alongside the beach of the state park, according to officers.

Police say the initial investigation determined that Gage was digging into the side of a dune hill and was with two other members of the troop.

He dug far enough into the side of the hill to crawl into the small space, and the sandhill collapsed, trapping him inside, police said.

The two Boy Scout members who accompanied Gage did not notice he was missing for about 30 minutes, according to police.

They noticed Gage after reportedly seeing his legs sticking out from within the sand.

Sgt. Mike Knizewski of the South Haven Police Department said leaders from the troop were trying to save his life before first responders took over.

First responders had a difficult time retrieving the boy from the buried area and moving him to a safe spot to be airlifted by helicopter to the hospital, police say.

He was airlifted to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo and later died from his injuries.

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