Holes on the Beach

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by the Town of Surfside Beach

It’s a lot of fun to dig a hole on the beach, but you really can’t dig to China!

•A cubic yard of sand (3’ x 3’ x 3’) can weigh as much as 3,000 pounds – this is why people who are buried in sand cave-ins suffocate.

•Don’t dig over two (2) feet deep.  A hole that is two feet deep or more can cause serious in- jury if someone accidentally steps in it.  If it contains water it poses a drowning hazard for small children and a trap for sea turtles.

•Sea Turtles, which are an endangered species, get trapped in holes and cannot get out to return to the sea.  Baby turtles would die overnight.

•Town equipment used to clean the beach will be damaged in large holes.  Please have fun, but fill in the holes you dig on the beach!  It’s a safety thing

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