A Queensland man has had to be rescued by emergency services after becoming trapped in a sinkhole on Urangan Beach in Hervey Bay on Thursday 12 July 2018. The as yet unnamed 29-year-old-man was looking for wildlife in an area of sand dunes, when the ground suddenly collapsed beneath him, trapping him up to his neck in sand. He was trapped for about two hours before managing to attract the attention of two passers by, and for several more while the emergency services worked to free him. Although showing no visible signs of injury, he was taken to the Hervey Bay Hospital to be checked out as a precaution.
Emergency services working to rescue a man trapped by a sinkhole on Hervey Beach, Queensland, on 12 July 2018. News.
Sinkholes are generally caused by water eroding soft limestone or unconsolidated deposits from beneath, causing a hole that works its way upwards and eventually opening spectacularly at the surface. Where there are unconsolidated deposits at the surface they can infill from the sides, apparently swallowing objects at the surface, including people, without trace.
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