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Local Community Supports Boy Who Was Buried Alive

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A boy with family in the QCA community was in the hospital Saturday after being buried alive on a family vacation. Now, the Galva, Il community is coming together to support him. The boy is the grandson of the senior pastor at the First Baptist Church of Galva.

The boy's grandfather, Pastor Don Reul, said as of Saturday afternoon his 6-year-old grandson was at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. At the time, Reul said doctors were working to get all the sand out of the boy's lungs. However, Nathan was responding to some of the doctors' questions.

Reul said he's still in shock over what happened. Nathan was with his family on a vacation at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. He was playing in the sand when he suddenly fell through what's being called a sink hole. His family tried to dig him out, and when that didn't work they called for help.

Officials spent about three hours trying to rescue Nathan. As it turned out, he was trapped 11 feet under the sand.

Members at the pastor's church say they're still in shock, too. They're trying to support their pastor and his family any way they can.

"We feel so helpless on this end," Deacon Steve Konstanty said. "We feel so helpless and we know prayer is a way to support at a time like this so we're attempting to do this and at least get our church family and our community behind them in prayer."

The church organized a prayer vigil for 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the First Baptist Church of Galva. The vigil is open to the community.

Meanwhile, officials are still investigating how the accident at the Indiana Dunes happened. They've closed off the beach to visitors during the investigation.