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Boy’s Condition Critical, Experts Start Analysis

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July 18, 2013 — The National Park Service office at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore says it expects experts to start analyzing a sand collapse that buried a boy.

Comers Children’s Hospital in Chicago says six-year-old Nathan Woessner of Illinois remains in critical-and-stable condition, recovering from about three hours under sand that was up to 11 feet deep Friday.

Rowe said park officials are meeting with geologists and other specialists tomorrow to try and figure out what happened.

Woessner is listed in critical but stable condition at comer children’s hospital in chicago.
Until a determination is made … mount baldy is closed. The remainder of the national lakeshore is open.

NPS Ranger Bruce Rose says park officials are meeting with geologists and other specialists today to figure out what happened with the sand dune at Mount Baldy, a popular nature area a the edge of Michigan City, Indiana along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

Rowe says that Mount Baldy is closed until the assessment is done, reviewing the dune collapse that he says is unprecedented. Rowe has been at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore more than 20 years, noting that no such sand collapse has occurred to his awareness. The unique situation could varied experts to investigate the scene.

The remainder of the national lakeshore is open.

 

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