Boy rescued after being trapped in Indiana sand dune

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Update:  As of 8:30 p.m.  Sunday, the boy remains in critical condition in The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital.


A six-year old boy is recovering after being trapped under nearly 11-feet of sand at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Emergency crews pulled the boy out alive after he was trapped for more than three hours near Mount Baldy on the Lake Michigan shoreline in Michigan City.

The young boy's family called 9-1-1 after they watched the young boy fall deeper into the sand around 5:30PM Eastern time Friday.

"They were at Mount Badly. They were the first people to come upon him. When they first did, he was partially visible. As they were trying to get him out, he went under the sane and out of sight," said Park Ranger Bruce Rowe.

Trapped under more than 11-feet of sand, the young boy was eventually found.  

Emergency workers carted him off in an ambulance before he was flown to a Chicago hospital.

Like thousands of families each year, the Illinois family was enjoying time at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore along Lake Michigan.

The area where the young boy was playing was off limits, slated as a restoration area. Park crews have been working in that area to restore the vegetation and plant life on Mount Baldy.

"There are some areas roped off. This area seemed to occur in one of those roped off areas," said the Park Ranger.

Investigators said they are looking into why that little boy was in the roped off area and if the restoration project contributed to the accident.

"We have never had an accident like this at the National Lakeshore," said Rowe.

Mount Baldy, where the accident occurred in Michigan City, is closed for the weekend while National Parks staff investigate the site.

Indiana Dunes is still open.