Picture this scenario. You are having a nice time out over the weekend, maybe driving, cycling or riding a bike. Then in the event of all that thriller, the ground opens and swallows you literally!
Well, this is what happened to a farmer who was swallowed by a 60ft (18m) deep sinkhole while he was riding his favourite quad bike.
The man was having fun in a field in South Cumbria, United Kingdom, on Thursday afternoon, when the the ground just fell away with the weight of the bike.
“We peered down and could see the farmer sat up, and we could just make out the outline of his bike under a mound of earth. I’m sure he was in deep shock,” a Cumbria Fire department official told BBC.
It was an extremely delicate mission for firefighters to safely pull the man out of the hole.
According to the Cumbria Fire department, the 60ft sinkhole was about 8ft (2m) at the top but widened below, “like a wine carafe”.
“You’ve got a lip at the top which went down into a narrow throat, and then there was a large bulbous bottom which opened up 10m (33ft) in one direction and 4m (13ft) in the other,” the official added.
This scenario posed another risk to the rescuers, they all could be swallowed too in the process of rescuing the farmer.
The man who is in his seventies was rescued and then airlifted to hospital for chest and back injuries treatment.