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Park Officials find another hole at Mt. Baldy


The National Park Service says they've found another hole in the surface of Mt. Baldy at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

The dune has been closed since six-year-old boy fell into a hole and was buried under 11 feet of sand in July.

"I feel bad for the little boy and his parents and everything. Obviously I'm relieved that he's ok," says Michigan City resident Troy Crowel.

Having a young boy himself, Crowel says the news about 6-year-old Nathan Woessner being buried at Mt. Baldy was troubling enough for his wife to become leery of the beach.

"She was talking about taking the kids out there this year, but that story about the boy has stopped her from going out with them," says Crowel.

The National Park Service and the Environmental Protection Agency brought in special equipment, including ground-penetrating radar, this week in hopes of getting a better understanding of what is happening at the dune.

"It was approximately 10 inches in diameter and discovered to be about 5 feet deep. However it appeared that the bottom of the hole, the sand was very loose, so it's hard to tell if the hole is actually deeper than that at one point," says Law Enforcement Specialist with the National Park Service, Ken Mehne.

The Park Service says this new hole is similar to what the Woessner family described and doesn't appear to be manmade.

The park service says it's an anomaly that doesn't come with much scientific research, so experts will be doing some investigating to figure out what is causing these holes to form.

A sample of the sand has been taken. Additional testing of the dune is expected to take several weeks.

"That is one of our #1 concerns is to make it safe and with these holes popping up and we don't know why, it's going to remain closed until we can determine what's causing it," says Mehne.

Cowel says while right now, some may take a break from the beach, he doesn't think it will be a permanent split.

"As far as how it will affect the city, I don't think it'll effect it much at all. Its still hot out, people will want to go to the lake," says Cowel.

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