Beach officials warn of sand dangers after woman dies in Ocean City

Vacationers enjoy beach at Ocean City, Md. Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017 (WJLA file photo)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WSET) -- Beach officials are asking beachgoers to practice caution after a woman suffocated to death in Ocean City, Maryland after she fell into a large hole on the beach.

Officials said the only thing visible was her arm.

"Nationally, there are deaths every year from this and this one in Ocean City is just a horrible reminder of the dangers of holes on the beach," said U.S. Lifesaving Association spokesperson, Tom Gill to WTKR in Virginia Beach.

Gill said sand can be deadly if it caves in around you.

He said people should not be digging deep holes in the sand for the safety of all those around them.

Officials said they don't know if the woman fell in the hole or climbed in, but either way it's a tragic situation.

Beach officials ask people to only dig holes that are knee deep and if you do dig a hole, make sure you fill it back in before you leave the beach.

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