Boy Trapped For Hours In Indiana Dunes Sinkhole (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

By Eric Dutkiewicz
By Krystal Shull
By Rachel Martin

July 13, 2013 Updated Jan 17, 2014 at 6:19 PM EDT

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – An unthinkable rescue Friday night is being called a miracle!

Officials say an air pocket saved the life of a 6-year-old boy who was trapped for more than three hours under 11 ft. of sand at the Indiana Dunes National Park. The boy is reportedly in critical condition but is expected to make a full recovery.

He fell into the hole around 5:30 Friday evening. Emergency crews worked frantically using heavy equipment to dig him out.

“We received a call from a family that their young son who was playing on Mount Baldy, partially fell into a hole. As they attempted to get him out, he was completely covered over,” said Bruce Rowe with the National Park Service. “We get hundreds of thousands of people here. I've never heard of anything like this happening.”

Mount Baldy, where the incident occurred, will be closed for the weekend and will reopen once authorities determine if it's safe for the public to be on the dunes.
Emergency crews dug for hours Friday looking for a boy who fell into a hole near Mount Baldy in the Indiana Dunes.

Bulldozers and authorities with shovels worked atop piles of sand before finding the 8-year-old boy numerous feet below the surface.

The boy, who went missing around 5:30 p.m., was located around 9 p.m. and taken to a hospital.

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