The Springvale resident was forced to swim and float in water at the bottom of the sinkhole for about half an hour, until her cries for help attracted the attention of neighbours.Sometimes truth is more interesting than fiction.
An Ambulance Victoria spokesman said the woman was hanging up washing in her backyard about 11.30am when the sinkhole opened up under her feet.
“The woman told us she was hanging washing out in the backyard at about 11.30 this morning when the ground gave way,” Paramedic Stephanie Palamberis said.
“She fell with the dirt and mud, dropping about three metres and landing in waist deep water. At one stage her head was under the water.