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By 'Editor, LDSCaNews'

Sandpit Play Turns to Tragedy

EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA -- Two Airdrie children were found dead in a sandpit near Bowden, AB, Wednesday, putting an end to a search which had began the night before with police, family, search-and-rescue groups, dogs and helicopters.

The siblings and only children of Colin and Silvana Phillips, Vincent, 13, and Riana, 11, had left their grandparents' house where they were staying for the summer to search for swallows.

The children had apparently been innocently digging tunnels in the sandpit when the walls collapsed on them, burying them alive. Front-end loaders, backhoes and shovels were used to remove close to a tonne of sand before they were found.

According to sources in the paper, the Phillips family were active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and their faith will help them pull through the "indescribable pain" they're feeling right now. Though the family was spiritual and happy, they were not very well-off financially; however, the parents were hard workers who taught their children well.

A funeral was held for them yesterday in the Airdrie Meetinghouse, Airdrie, AB.

National Post, 16 Aug 2001


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