MICHIGAN CITY, INDIANA (WKZO) -- Nathan Woessner began first grade this week in Illinois, but the 6-year-old almost didn’t make it.
This July, as he was climbing Mt. Baldy, a sand dune at the Indiana Dunes National Park near Michigan City, he got sucked into a sink-hole, an air-pocket that had formed at the base of the dune.
During ceremonies Wednesday, Indiana Governor Mike Pence says 139 police, fire-fighters and private contractors using their hands, shovels and heavy equipment kept digging for 3 hours until they found him, still alive, under 11 feet of sand.
He dubbed it "the Miracle on Mt. Baldy".
They were all honored yesterday at City Hall in Michigan City, and got a big hug from his parents.
The boy spent 2 weeks in intensive care while sand was removed from his lungs. Except for the occasional cough, he has made a full recovery.
Little Nathan doesn’t remember the traumatic event in July that almost took his life, and that may be just as well.
Geologists say the sink hole remains a mystery, but they reportedly found another one near by.