Woman Swallowed by Quicksand During Beach Walk in Maine

Woman Swallowed by Quicksand During Beach Walk in Maine
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A woman in Maine had a ter¬≠ri¬≠fy¬≠ing expe¬≠ri¬≠ence when she was sud¬≠den¬≠ly swal¬≠lowed by quick¬≠sand while walk¬≠ing on the beach with her husband. 

Jamie Acord was strolling along the water‚Äôs edge at Popham Beach State Park in Phipps¬≠burg when she ‚Äúdropped like a rock‚ÄĚ and sank up to her hips in a mat¬≠ter of seconds.

Acord’s hus­band, Patrick, quick­ly sprang into action and pulled her to safe­ty. The cou­ple then watched as the hole filled back up with sand and dis­ap­peared. Acord shared her sto­ry on social media as a warn­ing to oth­er beach­go­ers, espe­cial­ly par­ents with young children.

Offi¬≠cials say cli¬≠mate change played a role in the inci¬≠dent at Maine‚Äôs busiest state park beach, which sees over 225,000 vis¬≠i¬≠tors per year. A series of win¬≠ter storms rerout¬≠ed a riv¬≠er that flows into the ocean, soft¬≠en¬≠ing the sand in an area where peo¬≠ple fre¬≠quent¬≠ly walk.

Quick­sand, known as super­sat­u­rat­ed sand, can be found world­wide, but the dra­mat­ic por­tray­als in movies are not entire­ly accu­rate. Peo­ple who get stuck in quick­sand typ­i­cal­ly remain buoy­ant and can wrig­gle them­selves to safe­ty, rather than sink­ing and drowning.

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