A Texas father of three died Tuesday after a sand tunnel collapsed on him on a Florida beach Sunday.
According to a GoFundMe page, Lee Goggin, 35, of Irving was building a tunnel in the sand during a family vacation on a Saint Augustine beach in Florida when it collapsed on him. Goggin's sister, Rachel Burt wrote of the accident on the page:
"Our family was just starting off on vacation when we stopped at the beach in St. Augustine, FL to let the kids burn some energy. Lee was building a tunnel in the sand when it collapsed on him."
“He has a heartbeat, but he is not breathing on his own,” Burt wrote on a GoFundMe page created by the family. “The next 24 hours will be very critical for him, and we need all the prayers we can get.”
According to the police incident report obtained by PEOPLE, Burt told officers that Goggin was digging for quite some time while his wife Courtney shot video on her cell phone. They first tried to dig him out on their own, but after one minute, they called 911 for help.
When help arrived, it took the rescue team 30 minutes to get him out. He was then transferred to Flagler Hospital where he later died.
“It is with great sorrow and sadness that I write this. My precious, big brother is with Jesus,” Goggin’s sister, Rachel Goggin Burt, wrote on Facebook. “Our hearts are shattered, but we don’t grieve without hope.”
“Our hearts ache greatly, but Heaven just got so much sweeter than it already was,” she continued.
Join us in praying for the family in this difficult time.