Father is buried alive in front of young daughter after sand dune collapsed

Posted at 1:52 PM, May 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-12 13:51:42-04

SPRING, TX - A family outing ended in tragedy Tuesday night when a father was buried alive after a sand dune collapsed.

According to Harris County sheriff's deputies, the 30-year-old man and his 5-year-old daughter were playing at Pundt Park in Spring when the accident happened.

The dad was building a cave in a sand dune created by the recent floods when it collapsed on him in front of his little girl. Unable to dig him out, the child ran to a nearby couple for help.

The man tried to dig the victim out with his bare hands while the woman called for help.

Spring firefighters arrived and used shovels in an attempt to free the father, but he did not survive. The victim's name has not yet been released.