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Boy, eight, rescued from sand dune

An eight-year-old boy has been rescued after being buried in a sand dune in Indiana, officials said.

The boy partially fell into a hole at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and then got trapped under 11 feet of sand before rescuers managed to pull him out.

It took a crew using heavy excavating equipment more than three hours to pull the boy out of a dune known as Mount Baldy, Lakeshore ranger Bruce Rowe said.

The boy was taken to Franciscan St Anthony Health Medical Centre in Indiana but he was later flown to a Chicago hospital.

Mr Rowe says he was told the boy had vital signs, but did not know his condition. Officials did not immediately release the boy's name or home town.

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