Tourist falls into sinkhole full of boiling water after ground opened up

A woman was almost killed and left with serious burns after she fell into an enormous sinkhole filled with boiling water that suddenly opened in New Zealand.

The pensioner had been walking through Rotorua at a tourist spot when the earth ‘opened up’ beneath her feet.

Scary footage shows steam rising from inside the sunken crater shortly after the incident on Thursday afternoon (July 28).

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It’s thought the sinkhole, which is 1.5 metres deep, was caused by geothermal activity in the area.

Police have now closed the footpath near to the sinkhole to avoid any more pensioners and dog walkers falling into the pit.

The footpath, situated in the Whakarewarewa The Living Maori Village, has now been cordoned off by police.

The woman who fell into the hole was reportedly ‘seriously injured’ whilst her husband, who didn’t fall in was also ‘moderately injured.’

The couple were on holiday from Perth, Australia.

Speaking to 7 News, the manager of Whakarewarewa Village Mike Gibbons explained how the tragic accident took place.

He said: “Our understanding is that the wife slipped into the hole and she was eventually pulled from that and taken care of by our staff.

“We are just keeping in communications with them and their families to monitor their wellbeing and recovery from the incident.”

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