Another teen trapped in sand tunnel

Sacramento girl, 17, saved from collapse in Sonoma County

A 17-year-old girl from Sacramento was rescued from a collapsed sand tunnel at Doran Beach on the Sonoma County coast on Saturday evening, sheriff's Sgt. Kevin Young said.

The girl was crawling into the tunnel when it collapsed and family members were able to dig her out in a matter of minutes, but she was not breathing, Young said.

The sheriff's office responded at 6:50 p.m.

Bodega Bay Fire Capt. Todd Rollings said the girl, identified as Angelica Marrocuin, and her family were camping at Doran Beach over the weekend.

The girl and her other teen siblings were digging a sand tunnel at the base of a 6-foot bluff, Rollings said. The girl crawled into the tunnel and it collapsed, leaving her calves and feet protruding from the tunnel, and family members managed to dig into the tunnel and pull her out after about two minutes, Rollings said.

The girl was blue and not breathing, but a man who also was camping at the beach revived her by giving CPR and chest compressions, Rollings said; the girl was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital by ambulance, where she was treated and released.

Rollings said Marrocuin's mother returned to the beach Sunday to thank the fire department and the camper who gave her daughter CPR, but the man was no longer there.

On June 25, 17-year-old Ryan Buchanan, of Orinda, was injured when a sand tunnel collapsed on him at Sunset State Beach near Watsonville where he was attending a picnic with a group from Creekside Community Church in Alamo.

He was taken to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in critical condition. He remains hospitalized, and family members said last week that he is not expected to regain voluntary movement.

Ryan and a 17-year-old friend had dug two holes in the sand with a tunnel connecting them, said Mike McMenamy, public safety superintendent for the Santa Cruz state parks district. The tunnel collapsed and buried them both. The other boy was rescued from the sand within about five minutes, but Ryan was deeper in the sand and was pulled from the sand a few minutes after his friend.

Ryan's family has created a website,, where they have been posting updates on Ryan's condition.

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by William
a resident of Danville
on Jul 26, 2011 at 7:22 am

It just amazes me when I read things like this. I grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan and whenever this happened it was always out of towners who had no idea it was dangerous to dig these tunnels. If any adult saw a kid digging they would stop them and find their parents. Can't see that happening much these days. One thing for sure, "It takes a village".

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Danville
on Jul 26, 2011 at 8:38 am

The old adage of Hillary---"it takes a village" is only true if parents don't parent!
I don't want any socialist villagers near my kids.

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Posted by tracy
a resident of Danville
on Jul 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Well, I would welcome someone looking out for my kids if they were in danger. Knowing I can't be with them 24/7 and that their brains have not reached the point of full development and therefore they don't always understand the consequences of their actions, I'm grateful if someone notices they are in danger and puts a stop to it.

I'm still praying for the Orinda teen who was injured previously. I doubt his parents would have objected to a "socialist villager" stepping in to help.

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