A Missouri man was really hoping for a hole-in-one when he set out to play golf last week. Little did he know that he'd end up the one in the hole.
St Louis mortgage broker and avid golfer Mark Mihal was with some friends at the Annbriar Golf Course near Waterloo. It was here on the fairway of the 14th hole where he suddenly disappeared.
Mihal fell into a bell-shaped enclosure below the green. It measured 15 feet deep and 10 feet wide.
And it was a surprise for all. Even the course management said they have never seen anything like it.
"I noticed this anomaly in the fairway and went to have a look but, by the time I took one step, I was gone, I was underground," Mihal says.
Mihal says he landed on a pile of mud in a space that could have fit up to 10 people.
"There was some room in there," Mihal says. "It was sort of like a room or a cave. It wasn't confining. I was very dark, though after a while my eyes got used to it. But I couldn't look up because there was stuff still falling."
Rescue efforts took some time because no one knew if the hole would expand. Also, Mihal dislocated his shoulder in the fall.
Eventually, crews got a rope and a 12-ft ladder to help Mihal out.
The whole rescue took just 20 minutes. But during it all, everyone agreed they kept thinking about the deadly sinkhole in Florida from two weeks ago.
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