MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — The parents of a 6-year-old
Illinois boy who survived being buried beneath 11 feet of sand at the
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for more than three hours last month have
told rescuers they are eternally grateful.
Faith Woessner of Sterling, Ill., told more than 100 people involved
in the rescue of her son, Nathan, that they will always be heroes to her
family. She says the rescue increased her faith significantly.
As her husband, Greg, looked out at the crowd gathered for the event
Wednesday at the Blue Chip Casino, he said he realized Nathan was rescued
because of their diligence.
Nathan was pulled alive from the sand on July 12. He was hospitalized for
two weeks but has recovered and has started first grade.