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Florida man Sean Negel dies in a freak beach accident

A Florida man has died after being buried alive in collapsing dunes while enjoying the sunrise, officials said.

A freak accident occurred at Rock Beach on Hutchinson Island early Sunday morning. A passerby spotted a human foot sticking out of the sand and called for help Martin County Sheriff's Office. It took place just south of the museum.

Authorities identified a man in the sand identified as Sean, 37. Nagel, from Stuart, "died hours ago from suffocation as a result of being trapped in the sand."

Sheriff William Snyder told WPTV When first responders dug up Nagel, they found sand in his lungs.

According to the sheriff's office release, investigators found Nagel on his feet while he recorded a video of the sunrise at 6 a.m. from 5 a.m. when the dunes collapsed and trapped him. He said he believes it was lying under the sand dunes. They don't suspect any wrongdoing.

The incident happened along Rock Beach on Hutchinson Island, Florida, early Sunday.
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A beachgoer found Sean Nagel's legs sticking out of the sand and called for help, but the man had been dead for a couple hours.
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A GoPro camera and a plastic bag were found next to Nagel's body in the sand,reported

The sheriff's office added that investigators were awaiting the results of toxicology tests according to standard procedures, which "confirmed that the incident was a tragic accident."

Nagel's brother confirmed his death from an accidental dune collapse in a Facebook post on Monday.

"I am devastated and unable to tell you that my brother Sean Alexander Nagel is no more, and I still cannot believe it."Will Nagel wrote. "Remember to enjoy life and never take a second for granted."

Sean Nagel's old Facebook post reminded him that he

In May, , an 18-year-old , died when the sand hole he was digging suddenly collapsed on a New Jersey beach.