OCEANSIDE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — An elderly Long Island man got quite a shock when he went to pick up the Sunday morning paper outside his Oceanside home.

Michael Ciron, 80, stepped onto his lawn and fell into an 8-foot deep sinkhole.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera with Michael Ciron

“I picked up the paper, before you know it, I fell into this here hole,” Ciron told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera.

His screams woke up his daughter who called 911.

“I run to his room first thinking that maybe he fell down or something,” Maria Ciron said.

She finally found her father outside trying to dig himself out of the sinkhole.

“Taking the dirt from the higher part, scraping it down, and I finally got my head out,” Ciron said.

Michael Ciron, 80, near a sinkhole at Oceanside home (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

A short time later, the Oceanside fire department arrived and rescuers freed him from the hole.

Ciron said he’s “very sore” but grateful that nothing was broken.

Ciron believes the sinkhole may have been the site of an old well or cesspool which caved in because of Saturday’s wet snow.

Comments (9)
  1. John Piller says:

    They shouldn’t be too surprised to find out that he or the city may have a broken sewer or storm drain slowly taking the soil away.

  2. Debbie Paesano says:

    Thank goodness this gentleman was not seriously injured, especially at his age. That hole was probably there but not as deep, until we had that heavy snow.

  3. Meme Meyagi says:

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

  4. ahhhh says:

    omg! omg! omg! he’s 8ft under!!! booooooo! it’s halloween. freakish moment lol i’m so grateful it wasn;t me lol

  5. Fritz Von says:

    Uncle Leo ?

  6. Surfin Bird says:

    What time did this happen? I am glad he is ok.

  7. PaPa Joe says:

    I can’t begin to imagine the feeling this gentleman must have had as he was falling . He’s got to be pretty sharp to figure out how to, at least, get his head out of the sinkhole. Good to hear he’s O.K.

  8. Danny says:

    Isn’t this how Parks & Rec started?

  9. Sean Patrick Brennan says:

    That would have scared the hell out of me! So glad he’s okay!

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