Six-year-old Nathan Woessner beat the odds and miraculously survived being buried alive under 11 feet of sand for hours.
Woessner's grandfather, a pastor, declared it a miracle.
"To think about that to just have the earth literally consume your child and leave not a trace. At the end of the day we won the lottery, the sand didn't crush him and by the grace of God we have what we have," Don Ruel said.
Reul said before he heard about the accident, he had suffered intense heart pains. Later when he assumed his grandson had died, he said it helped him gain new insight on the pain God the Father felt over the death of his Son on the cross.
Rescuers said there may have been an air pocket under the sand dune that was created by a nearby tree.
"Perhaps its trunk had rotted out, creating this void or this hole. But, that's still uncertain," first responder Brad Kreighbaum said.
Woessner is currently on a ventilator, but he is moving his arms and legs and is expected to make a full recovery.