Aussie woman plunges into a boiling ‘geothermal sinkhole’ in New Zealand when the ‘ground opened up’ underneath her
- Woman, from Perth and thought to be elderly, fell after the ground opened up
- She was taken to hospital and described as currently being in critical condition
- Her husband, who helped her out, is also said to have been injured after falling
An Aussie woman was seriously injured after plunging into a geothermal sinkhole in New Zealand.
The Perth woman, described as elderly, fell after the group opened up beneath her near a tourist attraction in Rotorua, on the North Island, on Thursday.
She was helped out of the hole by her husband, who was also injured.
A St John ambulance spokeswoman says the woman has been taken to hospital in a critical condition.
The Perth woman, described as elderly, was seriously injured after plunging into a geothermal sinkhole in New Zealand
The group opened up beneath the woman near a tourist attraction in Rotorua, on the North Island, on Thursday
‘Two ambulances and one rapid response unit attended the scene. St John treated then transported one patient in a critical condition and one in a moderate condition to Rotorua Hospital.’
Village spokesperson Mike Gibbons said the couple were walking along a footpath near the entrance to the village when hey fell.
He told 9News the village would be temporarily closed to visitors until a ‘full investigation and assessment had been undertaken by the appropriate authorities, including WorkSafe and the Rotorua Lakes Council’.
‘The area surrounding the fumarole, which is estimated to be 2m long x 1m wide and up to 1m deep…has been closed off to the public, pending the WorkSafe assessment.
‘It appears the ground may have been compromised following the recent heavy rainfall.’
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