Mt. Baldy remains closed until further evidence about the incident involving the six years old boy is unearthed. The authorities have noticed a severe drop in the number of tourists since the dune was deemed off limits for all visitors.
Three years ago, a family was visiting the 120 feet sand dune dubbed Mount Baldy. But their vacation was rapidly transformed into a nightmare when Nathan Woessner fell and was buried alive in the sand. The six years old boy was buried several feet in the sand, and the authorities spent a considerable amount of time getting him out.
Woessner was then transported to the nearest hospital where he received medical attention. Now the boy is out of danger, but Mt. Baldy remains closed until the officials manage to explain the exact cause if the incident.
Presently, a team from the Indiana Geological Survey is examining the site of the incident, trying to find a reasonable explanation why the little boy was trapped in the sand dune. And until they do, Mt. Baldy remains closed.
This is not the first study conducted in the area. Previous ones have all indicated that the main culprits are the trees. It seems that when trees start to rot in the soil that can be found around the dune, they leave a hole behind. These cavities were examined by researchers using ground-penetrating radars. They were searching for hollow structures and buried rotting trunks that could have caused the accident.
According to the theories emitted by the scientists, the little boy fell into one of these holes. But the researchers haven’t found anything in the area in which the incident took place, so the authorities have yet to formulate an official statement.
“Whatever we say will turn out to be accurate, or as accurate as science can tell us” commenter Bruce Rowe, the park’s spokesman.
Mount Baldy is located in Indiana. It’s basically a 120 feet dune that circulates Lake Michigan. The dune is one of the most visited landmarks in the state, drawing approximately 1.5 million tourists every year. In 2014, the location attracted the lowest number of visitors in a decade.
The most reasonable explanation for the drop in visitors is the fact that, for three years now, all tourists have been redirected from the area. Park representatives decided not to comment on the matter. Meanwhile, Mt. Baldy remains closed until further notice.
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