12-Year-Old Boy Scout Dies After Being Buried In Sand At Event; Family Mourns The Loss Of Their Child

October 02, 2018

There has been some tragic news that has come in this morning. A young boy has died after being buried in sand at a camp in Michigan.


“This is a very difficult time for our Scouting family,” executive-CEO Don Shepard of the Michigan Crossroads Council, Boy Scouts of America, said in a statement.


“We are sad to confirm the death of one of our youth members following an accident at a Scouting event.”


“We offer our deepest condolences to the victim and his family, and we will support them in any way that we can,” according to the Scout statement. “Please join us in keeping all those affected in your thoughts and prayers.”


What Happened

At about 4:14 p.m. Saturday at Van Buren State Park, 12-year-old Gage Wilson of Portage, Michigan was found buried in the sand. When scout leaders discovered him, they immediately began performing CPR on the boy until police arrived, according to "ABC."

South Haven police and emergency medical personnel rushed to the scene when they received a 9-1-1 call regarding a child buried in the sand off the shore of Lake Michigan. When they arrived, they began performing CPR and then transported him to a nearby hospital. He later died at the hospital.


“The early resuscitation efforts were able to establish a pulse in the victim,” South Haven police said in a statement. “Efforts were then made through difficult terrain including dunes, trails, and water to transport the victim to a waiting ambulance.


According to "KGNS," Gage was digging in the sand when the sand collapsed on top of him. A fellow Boy Scout called 9-1-1 while others tried to dig Gage out. According to reports, Gage was under the sand for about 10 to 15 minutes.


“The victim was flown to a Kalamazoo area hospital where he later died as a result of injuries sustained.”

Police are calling it a "tragic accident," however, the incident is still under investigation. 

Will you please keep the Wilson family in your thoughts and prayers?