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Outlook good for boy buried in sand dune

Michigan City police firefighters dig with shovels rescue 6 year old Nathan Woessner Sterling Ill. who was trapped for over

Michigan City police and firefighters dig with shovels to rescue 6 year old Nathan Woessner, of Sterling, Ill., who was trapped for over three hours under about 11 feet of sand at Mount Baldy dune near Michigan City, Ind., on Friday July 12, 2013. The boy, whose survival was described as a "miracle" by a local coroner, remained in critical condition Saturday at Comer Children's Hospital in Chicago. (AP Photo/Michigan City Fire Department via The News Dispatch)

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Updated: August 16, 2013 6:39AM

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — A 6-year-old boy who spent more than three hours buried under 11 feet of sand after being swallowed by a massive Indiana dune is recovering well but remains in critical condition at a Chicago hospital.

The boy was identified Sunday night by a hospital spokeswoman as Nathan Woessner.

Michigan City Police Chief Mark Swistek said the parents of the boy told him Saturday that the outlook for the child is very good.

“They are very upbeat and hopeful. They are watching him closely and hoping to speak with him in the next few days,” Swistek told the News-Dispatch.

“The father expressed to me that we didn’t give up hope,” Swistek said. “He wanted people to know that every minute in this rescue made a difference in this child’s life.”

Nathan remained in critical condition Sunday at Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago, spokeswoman Lorna Wong said. His hometown hasn’t been released, but The News-Dispatch reported he was from Illinois.

Michigan City Fire Department spokesman Mark Baker told the newspaper he learned the child doesn’t have life-threatening injuries or a brain injury from any lack of oxygen. AP

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