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Boy trapped three hours in sand dune rescued

July 15, 2013 at 08:14 PM

The Associated Press


MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — National Park Service officials are investigating whether a 6-year-old Illinois boy who was trapped more than three hours in a giant sand dune in northwest Indiana fell into a hole created by a long-buried tree that had decomposed, leaving a void in the sand.

Six-year-old Nathan Woessner was rescued Friday after becoming trapped under 11 feet of sand at Mount Baldy at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. He remains in critical condition at a Chicago hospital.

Park officials announced Monday the Mount Baldy area will remain closed indefinitely. Officials plan to bring in ground-sensing equipment to see if voids or other potential hazards can be identified. Additional expertise also is being sought from the Geologic Resource Division of the National Park Service and other sources.


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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