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I Thought I Was Going To Die In Sink Hole: Man

A maintenance supervisor said  last night that he thought he was going to die after his vehicle fell into a sinkhole in Vatukoula. Kamal Sashi Prasad, 43, said he momentarily thought
13 Feb 2017 12:38
I Thought I Was Going To Die In Sink Hole: Man

A maintenance supervisor said  last night that he thought he was going to die after his vehicle fell into a sinkhole in Vatukoula.

Kamal Sashi Prasad, 43, said he momentarily thought he was going to die. Then he saw daylight after being washed through a tunnel into a creek on the outside.

The Vatukoula Gold Mines Limited employee said his vehicle sank 15 metres into an old shaft after the road collapsed beneath him.

The sink hole, about eight metres wide, gave way while Mr Prasad was driving his company Toyota Hilux twin cab along the road between 1 to 1.30pm last Monday.

The vehicle later sunk beneath him inside the old shaft, which was filled with water. It has still not been found.

The company’s general manager Ling Kong referred all queries to Corporate services manager Dinny Laufenboeck.

Ms Laufenboeck confirmed the incident and that Mr Prasad had escaped the incident. But added she could not make any further comment till today as the file on the incident was in her office.

Mr Prasad said he was driving along when the road suddenly collapsed and his vehicle fell in.

“I managed to wind the side window down, take my seatbelt off and swam out,” he said.

“I managed to climb on the hood of the vehicle and began yelling for help.”

Mr Prasad said after some time a young worker heard his calls and peeped over the side but he (Mr Prasad) advised him not to do anything but rather call the emergency rescue team.

While waiting to be rescued, the vehicle suddenly sank below him and he started to swim around but the force of the water started to take him downstream.

“I thought I was going to die and closed my eyes,” Mr Prasad said.

“When I opened my eyes again I saw the light outside as I was washed straight into a creek.

“I found new strength and said I was going to live and crawled to the side of the creek where workers took me and I was transferred to medical authorities for a checkup and observation.”

Mr Prasad said he had been on sick leave since and told to rest but would be returning to work soon.

“I was really scared and that night when I went home, I stayed up all night as the whole incident kept flashing in front of me.

“It was really terrifying.”

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed the incident. But they were not investigating it because it was a private road.


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