NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- An 88-year-old Long Island man fell into a sinkhole in his backyard while he was weed whacking on Monday evening — but managed not to get sucked in by holding onto the weed whacker’s electrical cord, police said.
The 88-year-old was weed whacking in his backyard on Bancroft Road in North Bay Shore around 5:20 p.m. on Monday when a “cesspool” collapsed, creating a sinkhole, Suffolk County police said.
The man fell into the hole, but managed to keep his head above ground by holding onto the weed whacker’s electrical cord, police said.
His wife found him in the hole and called 911 around 5:25 p.m., according to police.
Officers who arrived at the scene around 10 minutes later used an emergency life ring to rescue the man from the hole, which had started to expand, police said.
The man was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to police.