Golfer dodges death after he gets swallowed by 18-foot deep sinkhole

Posted at 12:41 PM, Mar 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-12 12:42:55-04

Talk about playing the wrong hole.

43-year-old Mark Mihal is lucky to be alive after he was swallowed up by a sinkhole, that sent him plummeting 18 feet deep into the earth.

The bizarre incident happened Friday while the mortgage broker was out golfing with a few buddies at the Annbriar Golf Course in Waterloo, just south east of St. Louis.

One minute, Mark was walking on the fairway at the 14th hole preparing for his partner’s next shot then — boom. He disappeared, literally swallowed up by the earth.

His quick-thinking buddies soon realized what happened and called for help. The terrifying ordeal was documented with photos later posted on Mihal’s website,

After 20 minutes, rescuers managed to tie a rope around the trapped golfer and pull him to safety. Mark who suffered a dislocated shoulder, was transported to a nearby hospital where he was treated.

Sinkholes have been making headlines in recent weeks. Just last month a massive sinkhole swallowed up a home in Florida, killing the homeowner. A few days later, another sinkhole opened up just a few miles away, causing panic across the Floridian community.