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Man swallowed by sinkhole at Illinois golf course

Two weeks after a Florida man was killed when a sinkhole opened up under his bedroom, a man in downstate Illinois almost died when one opened up on a golf course.

At the Ann Briar Golf Course in Waterloo, a sinkhole on the 14th fairway opened up right underneath Mark Mihal.

It happened so quickly, the 43-year-old disappeared as his companions tried frantically to reach him.

The sinkhole grew to 18-feet deep and about 10-feet wide.

Mihal was in there for 20 excruciating minutes, he is claustrophobic.

His friends climbed into the hole and helped him make his way to a ladder.

Mihal suffered a dislocated shoulder.

He says he’ll golf again, just not at that course or that hole.

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18 Comments to “Man swallowed by sinkhole at Illinois golf course”

    Lala said:
    March 13, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    Holy smokes I am glad there was help for him not like Florida guy. I am glad he made it.

    lola88 said:
    March 13, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    terrifying!

    greg said:
    March 13, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    almost killed???? a little dramatic…. mother nature gets the first hole in one of the season!

      willis said:
      March 13, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      How would you feel if you fell 18 feet and was surrounded by tons unstable dirt that could collapse on you any moment. I am not claustrophobic, but I think I would be in that situation. I think that is dramatic in a dramatic sense.

        greg said:
        March 13, 2013 at 11:16 AM

        then you my friend, as the writer of this story is….over dramatic…

    diamond don said:
    March 13, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    THAT'S NOT 'A HOLE IN ONE' … .THAT'S 'ONE IN A HOLE' !!!

    sparks said:
    March 13, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    That is a huge hole in one

    bozo said:
    March 14, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Did he get a two stroke penalty for lifting a ball out of a hazard?

    kid1339 said:
    March 15, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Thank you Jesus .

    kid1339 said:
    March 15, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    I put a comment of think you Jesus , but I don't think W.G.N. t.v. com want't to post that ,, Going down hill .

    Sink hole survivor said:
    April 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    A sinkhole swallowed the back wheels/tires of my car yesterday. Yikes! The front of my car made it thru the area where this sink hole happened, but my back wheels didn't. :( Sunk in all the way to the top of the wheel, the entire back end of my car……

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