A 70-year-old woman from California who was staying with Dutch friends at a vicarage in Ten Boer suffered minor injuries after falling into a deep sinkhole.
Translation by Traci White
According to Dagblad van het Noorden, the American woman was visiting Dutch friends, one of whom is a vicar, over the weekend. When the woman and her friends were walking along a path on the grounds of the vicarage, she suddenly fell into a four-meter-deep sinkhole which had formed underneath the path.
“We’re still in shock”, vicar Elisabeth Posthumus Meyjes told the newspaper. “My husband put a ladder into the sinkhole so she would have something to hang onto, but we still had to wait until the fire department arrived 15 minutes later to get her our because walls were caving in.”
The 70-year-old woman from California reportedly sustained a minor concussion but did not need to be hospitalised. The vicarage where the incident occurred is on the Hendrik Westerstraat in Ten Boer and is believed to be around 200 years old. Posthumus Meyjes says that experts will visit the property on Monday to determine what caused the sinkhole.
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