Tragic Accident Claims the Life of a young Girl on Florida Beach

Imagine embarking on a peaceful family vacation to the sunny beaches of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida, only for it to transform into a harrowing nightmare. This was the cruel reality for Therese and Jason Mattingly when their children, Sloan, 7, and Maddox, 9, were tragically buried alive while playing in a sand hole.

The incident left the Mattingly family and their community reeling from the devastating loss of Sloan, described as the “purest human being.” Despite the swift response of emergency services, Sloan could not be saved. Maddox, her brother, remains in critical condition, and our thoughts are with him for a full recovery.

This tragic event underscores the importance of beach safety and highlights the risks associated with large sand holes. While it was an unforeseen accident, it serves as a stark reminder of the need to prioritize safety at the beach for ourselves and our loved ones.

As the community mourns the loss of Sloan, an outpouring of support has emerged from friends, family, and strangers alike. A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to assist the Mattingly family with funeral expenses and to provide support as they navigate life without Sloan.

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