Posted: Aug 16, 2012 11:37 AM by WBRZ /Russell Jones
Updated: Aug 16, 2012 11:39 AM
BAYOU CORNE - Emergency personnel rescued two workers who were cleaning up a portion of the Assumption Parish sinkhole when their boat was caught in it.
The Assumption Parish Police Jury said the workers were on the southwest side of the sinkhole when 50 feet of land collapsed into it, trapping their boat.
The workers had to be rescued by an airboat, and shortly afterward the boat they were originally in was swallowed by the sinkhole.
Authorities said all workers have been accounted for and no injuries were reported. Cleanup operations near the sinkhole have been suspended as a precaution.
Crews with Texas Brine LLC are building a drilling rig to get into a salt cavern near the sinkhole to learn more about what caused it. The sinkhole appeared more than a week ago and has continued to grow as land surrounding it breaks off into the slurry area.
Health and environmental monitors in the area haven't found any health threats from the sinkhole, or bubbling that continues in the surrounding bayous.