MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — A 6-year-old boy who spent more than three
hours buried under 11 feet of sand after being swallowed by a massive
Indiana dune is recovering well, but remains in critical condition at a
Michigan City Police Chief Mark Swistek said the parents of the boy told
him Saturday that the outlook for the child is very good.
"They are very upbeat and hopeful. They are watching him closely and
hoping to speak with him in the next few days," Swistek told The
"The father expressed to me that we didn't give up hope," Swistek said.
"He wanted people to know that every minute in this rescue made a
difference in this child's life."
The boy remained in critical condition Sunday at Comer Children's Hospital
in Chicago, spokeswoman Lorna Wong said. His name and hometown haven't
been released, but The News-Dispatch reported he was from Illinois. Wong
said she could not confirm or deny the information.
Michigan City Fire Department spokesman Mark Baker told the newspaper he
learned the child doesn't have life-threatening injuries or a brain injury
from any lack of oxygen he might have experienced. Wong said Saturday the
boy had responded to simple commands Friday when he arrived at the
Michigan City Fire Chief Ronnie Martin told WSBT-TV that firefighters
prodding the dune located the boy in an air pocket that enabled him to
survive for so long underground.
The boy's family reported he was playing on the dune known as Mount Baldy
on Friday when he dropped partially into it, Indiana Dunes National
Lakeshore Ranger Bruce Rowe said. While they were trying to dig him out,
the dune collapsed.
The family called 911, and emergency responders were on the scene within
15 minutes and began digging by hand, Rowe said. Crews with excavating
equipment were brought in to help the rescue effort.
The dune is part of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on the shores of
Lake Michigan, east of Chicago.
Information from: The News-Dispatch,
Updated 6:24 p.m.