Mount Baldy at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is closed this weekend as park rangers are investigating why a six-year-old boy became trapped in a six hole, buried 11 feet below the surface of a dune for nearly three and a half hours.
Emergency crews began their effort to save Nathan Woessner after 4 p.m. on Friday, by digging with their hands. When this proved ineffective, rescuers brought in heavy equipment operators. Rescuers reached the boy by 8 p.m. and rushed him to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Michigan City.
The boy was playing in a roped off area, but the ropes were not due to any danger. The park service reported that the fall happened in an area that was undergoing some sort of nature restoration.
Beachgoers were forced to make alternate plans and head to other destinations along the lakeshore.
The boy remains at Comer Children’s Hospital after being transported their by air Friday night.
The park will make a determination on Monday regarding whether or not the park will reopen.
Woessner’s grandfather scheduled a prayer vigil for 2 p.m. Sunday, at First Baptist Church in Galva, Illinois.