A 20-year-old man in South Australia died on Saturday when he plunged 98 feet into a sinkhole after allegedly attempting a handstand, according to local reports.
The man — identified as Bradley Streeter — was on a viewing platform at the Cave Gardens sinkhole in Mount Gambier on Feb. 8 when he fell into the cave, 9 News reported.
Emergency personnel were called to the area just before midnight, South Australia Police said, and his body was reportedly retrieved after 3 a.m. the next morning.
Limestone Coast LSA inspector Campbell Hill told Australia’s ABC News that a roping set-up was used to recover Streeter from the popular tourist spot.
“It’s one of the focal points of the Limestone Coast,” Hill said of the sinkhole. “It certainly is a tragedy.”
While police did not publicly reveal details about the moments leading up to the accident, Streeter was allegedly performing a handstand on the viewing platform’s railing just before falling in, a family friend told The Advertiser, citing police.
“I loved him. He was my heart, my mind, my soul,” Streeter’s mother, Marianne Streeter, told the outlet. “He was my sword and my shield.”
The tragedy comes two years after the death of Streeter’s father, …read more