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Sink hole rescue

  • The sinkhole which opened up in the backyard of a Springvale home.
  • A woman fell into a sinkhole which opened up in the backyard of a Springvale home.
  • A woman fell into a sinkhole which opened up in the backyard of a Springvale home.

By: CFA Media

Category: Incidents - Vehicle / Rescue / Hazmat

  1.18 PM 25 November, 2014


Location: District 8 News

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CFA crews have rescued a 45-year-old woman who fell into a sink hole which opened up in the ground at a property in Springvale before midday today (Tuesday 24 November).

The woman, who was working at the property assisting an elderly resident with household duties, was outdoors hanging out washing when the ground at her feet collapsed. She fell three metres into water.

It took approximately 20 minutes for the woman to raise the alarm, with a neighbour noticing her cries for help and calling Triple Zero at 12.10pm.

Springvale CFA Brigade were first on scene and used rope to extricate the woman from the 2-foot wide sink hole.

Operations Officer Paul Carrigg said the rescue was completed at approximately 12.30, after which the woman was transferred to the care of ambulance crews.

“This was a very unusual incident,” he said.

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

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

 Five CFA crews in total attended the rescue. (Photos to come)

Last Updated: 25 November 2014