Florida man filming sunrise killed when sand dune collapses

Officials said the 35-year-old man's body was found on Hutchinson Island

Sand covers Ft Lauderdale Beach Blvd. after Hurricane Irma blew though Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, U.S., September 10, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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A 35-year-old Florida man who was recording the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean died when a sand dune collapsed on top of him, sheriff's officials said.

A beachgoer saw a portion of the man's body protruding from the sand on Hutchinson Island early on Monday and called for help, Martin County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post.

The man was apparently beneath the dune while recording the sunrise when the hill of sand collapsed, detectives said. They said it appeared the man died as a result of being trapped underneath the sand.

Detectives do not suspect foul play, but they are awaiting results of toxicology tests before it can be confirmed as a “tragic accident,” the post said.

Hutchinson Island is north of West Palm Beach on Florida's Atlantic coast.

Updated: August 09, 2022, 5:32 PM