Sinkhole filled with water swallows Australian woman hanging out her washing

The 45-year-old was rescued after more than half an hour

Antonia Molloy
Tuesday 25 November 2014 14:50
The 3ft deep sinkhole
The 3ft deep sinkhole

A woman in Australia was swallowed by a watery sinkhole that opened up beneath her feet – as she was hanging out her washing.

The 45-year-old was in her garden in Melbourne when the 9ft deep, 2ft wide chasm opened up, according to

She had to swim and float in the deep water as she shouted for help for half an hour. One paramedic said that at one point during her ordeal the woman’s head was submerged.

Eventually hearing her cries, neighbours contacted the emergency services, who hauled her out with a rope.

It is believed the woman fell into a disused well.

“Fortunately the lady has escaped without injury though she was obviously shaken up.”

He added: “We have doorknocked all residents in the street and advised them to stay indoors until council engineers investigate further.”

A sinkhole is essentially any hole in the ground created by erosion and the drainage of water. They can be just a few feet across or large enough to swallow whole buildings.

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