Dec 2, 2014

Mount Baldy Cave In - 2013

A young boy was trapped in under Mount Baldy in the Indiana Dunes.  

"A 6-year-old boy is in critical condition today at a Chicago hospital after he was trapped for more than three hours beneath a massive sand dune that collapsed on top of him at an Indiana park, a hospital spokeswoman told ABC News.

The boy, whose name has not been released, was walking with his parents along the sand dunes by Lake Michigan near Mount Baldy at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park on Friday when a 124-foot sand dune swallowed him and took him under.

"[The boy's parents] didn't actually see the initial collapse," park ranger Bruce Rowe with the National Park Service told ABC News' Chicago station WLS-TV. "But when they got to him, they could actually see him for a little bit, tried to dig him out and that's when the total collapse, as they described it, happened."

Boy Pulled From Sand Dune Hole on Indiana Beach

Rescuers using heavy equipment worked to locate the boy buried deep beneath at least 11 feet of sand.

When they pulled him out from the sinkhole after three and a half hours of digging, he appeared to have vital signs, Laporte County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Huffman told ABC News."

Great news. The boy recovered completely.

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