Scientists to discuss Indiana dune findings

In a photo provided by the Michigan City, Ind., Fire Department Josh Zimmer, a United Construction Co., works at the scene Friday, July 12, 2013, of the rescue of 6-year-old Nathan Woessner, who was found alive under 11 feet of sand on Mount Baldy sand dune at the Indiana Dunes National Lake Shore near Michigan City, Ind. Workers and equipment from construction sites aided in the rescue. (AP Photo/Michigan City Fire Department, The News Dispatch)

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — Scientists assessing the safety of an Indiana sand dune that collapsed on a 6-year-old Illinois boy last year are ready to discuss their findings.

Researchers from the Indiana Geological Survey, Indiana University and Indiana University Northwest scheduled a Thursday media briefing on their work at that dune, called Mount Baldy.

The scientists have been conducting research this summer on whether it’s safe to reopen the popular 126-foot high dune at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore along Lake Michigan some 55 miles east of Chicago.

The Michigan City dune has been closed to the public since July 2013 after emergency workers freed Nathan Woessner of Sterling, Illinois.

The youngster was trapped for more than three hours beneath 11 feet of sand, but recovered after two weeks of hospitalization. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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