A sinkhole opened up right under a golfer's feet and swallowed him up in the middle of his game of golf. Mark Mihal, the co-founder of the website golfmanna.com was enjoying his weekly foursome on an Illinois golf course, when he fell 18 feet into the earth due to this sinkhole, according to USA Today on March 12, 2013.
His wife explained her husband's ordeal to the media. She said that he was talking to his buddy and the next thing you know, he was gone. The buddy could hear Mark groaning and saw that a sinkhole had opened up beneath him and he was now at the bottom of it.
Mark fell 18 feet and hurt his shoulder, so he couldn't climb out on his own. One of the guys he was golfing with climbed down into the unstable sinkhole to rescue his buddy. He tied a rope around his waist and the rest of his friends hoisted him up to ground level. Mark said it seemed as if he was falling for a long time before he hit bottom. He reached for the ground, but it gave away too.
While Mark's shoulder was hurt, thankfully his buddies were able to get him out of the sinkhole. When Fox News talked to the golfing buddies they said they knew the sinkhole was in danger of getting bigger and deeper, but if they waited for the first responders they feared the hole would get deeper or the earth would fall in on Mark, leaving them no other choice but to get him out of there.
Mark was underground for aproximatel 20 minutes as the men worked at his rescue.