Illinois Golfer Swallowed By 18-Foot Sinkhole

Illinois Golfer Swallowed By 18-Foot SinkholeThe St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 43-year-old Mark Mihal was golfing with buddies at Annbriar Golf Course in Waterloo, Ill. when he suddenly disappeared into the ground, falling into a hole that measured roughly 18 feet deep and 10 feet wide.

‘Sudden and bizarre occurence’

Fortunately, Mihal was in good spirits despite dislocating his shoulder. He described the sudden and bizarre occurrence: “I was standing in the middle of the fairway. Then, all of a sudden, before I knew it, I was underground.”

Mihal’s buddy then called the pro shop for help. General manager Russ Nobbe came in a hurry with what I would assume is the embarrassment of having your course eat people alive.   With the help of a ladder, some rope and good ol’ fashioned American ingenuity, the rescue only took about 20 minutes.

‘Unfortunate soul’

A geologist, Philip Moss, came to inspect the hole and offered that sinkholes are usually visible, but Mihal was just that unfortunate soul who “was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

While the course is in Illinois, Moss went on to say sinkholes are relatively common in the St. Louis area, because the city sits on bedrock made of limestone that dissolves in rainwater.

Have you ever had a sporting experience as bizarre as this? Share your own “sinkhole” stories with us!

Source: Gabe Zaldivar, Bleacher Report

Image: Gamedayr

Prince William Rescues Shipwrecked Russian Sailors

The Duke of Cambridge helped lead search and rescue efforts for eight sailors swept into the sea after their ship sank amid gale-force winds off the coast of north Wales. He co-piloted an RAF helicopter which winched two men to safety amid the debris of their cargo ship, the Swanland, in the early hours of Sunday morning. Rescuers later recovered the body of a third man from the Irish Sea off the Llyn Peninsula as fears grew for the remaining five crewmembers.

The tragedy comes just over a year after the same ship – owned by company in Grimsby but flagged to the Cook Islands and crewed by Russians – had to be rescued after coming perilously close to running aground in Cornwall. Coastguards used legal powers to order it to accept a tow to safety after drifting almost three miles towards the Lizard peninsula after suffering engine failure.

By the time lifeboats and rescue helicopters reached the scene, all that was left of the ship, which was carrying 3,000 tons of limestone, was a scattering of debris and two liferafts with two sailors clinging to them.

Rescuers were initially unable to reach the raft because of treacherous conditions, but reported that it appeared to be empty. Two attempts to make certain that nobody was inside failed after treacherous conditions defeated attempts to winch a rescuer close enough or access it by lifeboat.

Last night the Rail Maritime and Transport union called for a “full and transparent” investigaton into the sinking.


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