The regional Tactical Rescue Team and other emergency personnel worked Friday night to get a man out of a large hole in the backyard of his Elkhart home. According to the 25-year-old man's father, a spirit had told him to dig for treasure, and that's what he did for three days before becoming mired in dirt and water.
This happened in the 100 block of Wagner Avenue: CLICK HERE FOR A MAP
The father told a WSBT reporter at the scene the spirit told his son there was gold buried in the backyard of the home, which they are renting.
The father helped him dig for three days until hitting water, which the son was sucked into and became stuck up to his knees. The father made it out alright.
Firefighters, who arrived at the scene around 6:30 p.m., found a hole about eight-feet deep that became a tunnel at the bottom. They used a vacuum truck to suck out the water and sand and used plywood to hold up the side walls.
Around 8:30 p.m. the rescuers were able to pull the man up on a ladder. He walked a short distance to a waiting ambulance where he was given IV liquids and taken to Elkhart General Hospital.
The father told WSBT his son is under observation and is doing OK.
A backhoe was used to fill in the hole.