Boy Who Survived Being Buried in Indiana Dune Serves as Parade Grand Marshal

Saturday, Jul 5, 2014  |  Updated 5:59 PM CDT
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A young boy from Illinois who nearly died after getting trapped in a sand dune in Indiana almost a year ago made return trip to Michigan City as the grand marshal of Saturday’s Summerfest parade.

A young boy from Illinois who nearly died after getting trapped in a sand dune in Indiana almost a year ago made return trip to Michigan City as the grand marshal of Saturday’s Summerfest parade.

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A young boy from Illinois who nearly died after getting trapped in a sand dune in Indiana almost a year ago made return trip to Michigan City as the grand marshal of Saturday’s Summerfest parade.

Nathan Woessner, now 7, rode in the parade alongside his parents and three siblings on a special float commemorating the dramatic 2013 rescue.

Banners on the float read “Miracle at Mt. Baldy.”

Woessner was with his family July 12, 2013 at Mt. Baldy in Michigan City, Indiana when officials say he fell 11 feet down in the sand and became trapped for hours.

More holes have been found on the dune since Woessner’s rescue, but scientists from the National Park Service, Indiana University and Indiana Geological Survey have not figured out how they formed.

Officials said in April the popular 126-foot high sand dune at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will remain closed indefinitely while scientists continue trying to determine what caused the incident.

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