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Rescuer describes how boy buried in sand was found

Published: Monday, July 15, 2013 3:50 p.m. CST

CHICAGO (AP) — It was hours into a desperate search for a 6-year-old boy who'd fallen into a sinkhole on a sand dune near Michigan City when volunteer firefighter Ryan Miller spotted what looked like the outline of a rotten tree.

He says he pushed a fiberglass probe into the spot, feeling what he believed was the body of Nathan Woessner.

Miller says Michigan City firefighter Brad Kreighbaum reached into the hole and felt the boy's head.

Within minutes, rescuers had pulled out Nathan — apparently just in time. Miller says whatever air pocket had kept the boy alive had collapsed by the time he was pulled from the sand.

Doctors say Nathan is expected to make a full neurological recovery even though he was buried for more than three hours.

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