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6-year-old boy survives being buried in sinkhole at beach

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The road leading to Mount Baldy at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore was closed Saturday after a 6-year-old boy fell 11 feet deep into a sinkhole Friday afternoon.

At neighboring Central Beach, parents expressed heightened concern.

"Probably should, especially since we have a little one here who is running in the sand right now so we'll have to keep a closer eye on her I guess and make sure she doesn't get out of our sight," said Benjamin Kline.

"It's a bit of a freak accident and coming to the beach, I'm more worried about undertows, currents, making sure my daughter doesn't go too far out in the water, not the sand, typically not worried about that so I've never heard about anything like that happening before and I hope he's ok," said Darren Kemble.

On Saturday night, the young boy remained at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital. Michigan City Police Chief Mark Swistek spoke with the child's father and said the little one is "doing well."

There was apparently no warning when the child fell into the hidden sink hole beneath the sand.

"His family saw him, was trying to get him out when he disappeared completely under the sand. At that point they called 911 and they called our park dispatch," said Bruce Rowe, Park Ranger, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Rowe told FOX 32's Tisha Lewis the rescue effort Friday night included various agencies and stages, lasting several hours.

"We had rangers, we had Michigan City police and fire out there, they started digging by hand. Eventually, construction equipment was brought in to dig quicker and about three and a half hours later, just after 8pm, the boy was pulled out and sent to the hospital," said Rowe.

In a statement via email, hospital spokesperson Lorna Wong said, "His parents want to extend their deepest thanks to the Michigan City fire and police departments and all the authorities, private companies and individuals who contributed to the rescue effort. They also ask that people include this little boy in their prayers."

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