STERLING, Ill. (AP) - A northern Illinois boy who spent hours buried
underneath an Indiana sand dune is back in school, starting first grade.
Six-year-old Nathan Woessner, from Sterling, spent weeks undergoing
rehabilitation following the July 12 accident at the Indiana Dunes National
Lakeshore, where he was buried for three hours beneath about 11 feet of
Nathan’s family told WLS-TV that their son is recovering from his ordeal and
began first grade on Monday.
“He seems to be his normal happy go-lucky self,” said his mother, Faith
Meanwhile, the boy is also remembering more about what happened.
“He’s asking a little more questions here and there, and we’re sharing
little bit by little every chance we get,” said his father, Greg Woessner.
“He doesn’t know the catastrophics of the whole situation, but he does know
he was buried in the sand and for a long period of time.”
Nathan was playing on the dune known as Mount Baldy when he was swallowed by
the sand. He was put in a medically induced coma after his harrowing ordeal
and his doctors have warned that he could suffer lingering lung problems
from inhaling sand. He spent about two weeks in the hospital.
The 126-foot dune remains closed as authorities trying to piece together
what happened. They’ve also found a similar hole about 100 yards away.
As for school, the boy said his favorite part of the first day was playing
Family members said they plan to attend a ceremony later this month honoring
the rescuers who pulled Nathan from the sand.