Jewish Boy Dies in NJ Sand Tunnel Collapse

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5TJT brought you yesterday the tragic story of a 12 year old Deal, NJ Jewish boy who was in critical condition after a sand tunnel collapse. We regret to inform you that the little boy did not survive and died earlier today at the Monmouth Medical Center

The boy was identified as Ezra (Ezra Raphael ben Carmella A”H) Cornman who was in intensive care at Monmouth Medical Center Tuesday night after the tunnel collapsed on him at the beach between Madison and Cooper avenues around 3:20 p.m. that afternoon, Captain Jason Roebuck said.

He was breathing when he was hospitalized, officials said.

Witnesses at the beach said blood was coming out of the boy’s nose when lifeguards were working on him.


“They were pumping him, pressing on his stomach, trying to bring him back,” said a beachgoer from Staten Island. “They kept trying to revive him, pressing, pressing. There was blood coming out of his nose… He didn’t move.”

The boy was apparently digging a tunnel under the sand with his brother and friends when it collapsed over him. Sources said the tunnel was deep, and the weight of all the sand on the boy’s chest made it impossible for him to breathe.

Source: 5TJT staff and NBC News

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