A northern Indiana beach reopened Friday, four years after an accident nearly took the life of a young visitor.
The Mount Baldy beach at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore was closed after an undetected hole in the sand swallowed a 6-year-old boy who was visiting with his family. It took several hours to rescue the child.
Researchers determined there was further instability at the location, prompting officials to bar public access to the entire area.
While much of the affected space is back open now, the specific dune where the incident happened remains off limits.
Mount Baldy rises 126 feet above the water level of Lake Michigan, and the beach that adjoins it had been a popular destination in summers past.
The parking area is located at 101 Rice Street in Michigan City.