Boy Falls Into Mount Baldy Sinkhole

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July 15, 2013 — The grandfather of a six-year-old boy buried in a Lake Michigan sand dune Friday says the boy is responding to commands, able to move his arms and legs.

The National Park Service says the Illinois boy was buried for hours in sand dune at Michigan City’s Mount Baldy.

Nathan Woessner of Sterling, has been in critical condition at Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago after his rescue in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

A prayer vigil Sunday at First Baptist Church in Galva involved Senior Pastor Don Reul, who told The Daily Gazette that doctors are working to remove sand from the boy’s lungs; the boy who is Reul’s grandson. Reul was set to talk more with media Monday from the Chicago hospital

Woessner went to that hospital after a sinkhole trapped him at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.  Here is the Indiana Department of Natural Resources news release of the incident:

National park rangers and Michigan City Police were notified at approximately 4:30 p.m. on July 12 that a 6-year old boy had fallen into a hole on the Mount Baldy sand dune at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. A rescue effort was conducted by National Park Service personnel, Michigan City Police and Fire units, LaPorte County EMS and heavy equipment operators from D & M Excavators, Woodruff and Son, and NIPSCO. The boy was found 11 feet below the surface of the dune and transported to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Michigan City and then later flown to a medical facility in Chicago. The boy has vital signs, but his exact condition is not yet known.

Mount Baldy will remain closed over the weekend while an investigation into the cause of this accident is conducted. A determination will be made Monday morning on whether it will be reopened.


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