Log Pins Young Girl at Live Oak Beach

The five-year-old victim was taken to Dominican Hospital and then Stanford for further medical attention.

Update 10:30 a.m., Friday: Sheriff's Office deputy April Skalland has told Capitola-Soquel Patch that the victim of Thursday's beach accident died after being flown to Stanford on Thursday. For more in the tragic event, . 

Original Report: One beach-going family was reminded of the strength of the ocean Thursday when a five-year-old girl was trapped under a log in the surf at the beach at 24th Avenue in Live Oak.

At 11:46 a.m., the girl was playing at the ocean's edge when a 15-foot-long, one-foot-wide log washed up and pinned her to the ground, Central Fire Spokesman Mike DeMars told Capitola-Soquel Patch.

The ocean was heavy with debris from recent storms, DeMars said, which is what produced the log.

By the time emergency personnel arrived at the beach, the girl had been dislodged, but was still unconscious.

The girl was taken to Dominican Hospital, where she was stabilized and then flown by helicopter to Stanford.

Although she did not regain consciousness before leaving Dominican, DeMars said she regained a normal pulse and vital signs.

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Molly April 13, 2012 at 04:58 AM
We were at the beach at the same time with this family- we want to send them our best wishes.
Jacob Bourne April 13, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Very sad to report that the victim did not survive the accident. More info here: http://capitola.patch.com/articles/girl-5-dies-after-beach-accident
Madhukar Chiruvolu June 18, 2012 at 02:45 PM
It is very important to look in to this incident carefully, so no more little children are killed. No parent should have to live through this.
Madhukar Chiruvolu June 18, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Thank you, I am her Grandpa. Still in shok. Wish I could do some thing to avoid such hazards on a family recreation beach. Any information from you can of use for this.


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