A boy with family in the QCA is in the hospital this weekend, after being buried alive in a sand dune on a family vacation. Now the Galva, Illinois, community is coming together to support him.
The boy is the grandson of the head pastor at the First Baptist Church of Galva. Everyone there Saturday was anxiously awaiting any news on the boy's condition.
The boy's grandfather, Pastor Don Reul, was on his way to Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago when we spoke to him Saturday afternoon.
At the time, he said doctors were working to get all the sand out of six-year-old Nathan's lungs.
He said he was 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.
Emergency crews spent about three hours trying to rescue Nathan, who turned out to be trapped 11 feet under the sand.
Members at the pastor's church in Galva 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," Steve Konstanty, Deacon at First Baptist Church of Galva, 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."
Some members of the church went with the pastor and his wife to support him and his family in Chicago.
Meanwhile, the church members back at home have organized a prayer vigil for Sunday afternoon. It will be at 2 o'clock at the First Baptist Church of Galva. That vigil is open to all members of the QCA community.
Officials are still investigating how the accident at the Indiana dunes happened. They've also closed off the beach to prevent any other incidents from happening.