Saturday, 13 January 2024 04:40

Man digs 40-meter deep hole in his kitchen after dreaming he struck gold

Rate this item
(0 votes)

A Brazilian man tragically lost his life by plunging down a deep shaft he had dug in his kitchen after dreaming that there was gold buried deep under his house.

71-year-old João Pimenta da Silva’s dream of enrichment ended as a nightmare that claimed his life. His lifeless body was found at the bottom of an exceptionally deep well he and his neighbors had dug under his kitchen in Ipatinga, a municipality in Brazil’s Minas Gerais state. The man had reportedly dreamt that there was gold deep under his home, and that all he had to do was dig to get to it. He even told his neighbor about his dream and though he was laughed at in the beginning, da Silva was actually able to convince the man to assist him with the digging. Unfortunately, the treasure hunt ended in disaster when the 71-year-old plunged to his death while trying to exit the 40-meter-deep hole.

According to Antônio Costa, the neighbor who helped João Pimenta da Silva dig, the old man was trying to get rid of the water and mud at the bottom of the shaft when he fell to his death. They had lowered a pump into the hole and managed to remove several buckets of water, but da Silva wanted to go down into the hole to check something for himself. As Costa was lowering him into the well, the would-be treasure hunter asked him to pull him back up, but as he started to ascend, João somehow slipped from the swing-like device, and his arm became entangled in the swing’s rope.

“I tried to hold him, alone, there was no way to ask for help,” Costa told the police. “But if I kept holding on, he would have dragged me down as well. I only heard the noise as he hit the bottom.”

Firefighters called to the scene found João Pimenta da Silva dead at the bottom of the deep well. He exhibited polytrauma, open fractures on both legs, a hip fracture, lacerations of the abdomen, widespread abrasions, and no signs of life.

After examining the deep shaft in João Pimenta da Silva’s kitchen, investigators were shocked by how the old man had managed to dig a well “so deep with a stable structure that borders on perfection”. Neighbors claimed that the pensioner had experience digging wells, but considering the extreme depth – the equivalent of a 13-story building – he would have needed advanced equipment to carry out such a dig. Meanwhile, all they found in his home were rudimentary digging tools.

There are still many unanswered questions about João Pimenta da Silva death and the hole that caused it, but since the man’s family didn’t even know about his treasure hunt, they will probably remain unanswered.


Oddity Central

March 02, 2024

Shareholders funds wiped out as MTN Nigeria suffers N740bn loss on massive Naira devaluation

MTN Nigeria Plc has reported a loss before tax of N177.8 billion compared to a…
February 26, 2024

Afenifere opposes curtailing Yorubas’ right to protest against Tinubu's harsh economic policies

PRESS RELEASE Afenifere has distanced itself from the call by some renegade Afenifere members for…
March 02, 2024

I’ll tell you the secret of cancer - Caitlin Flanagan

It’s been almost 20 years since my diagnosis, and I’ve learned quite a bit. Are…
March 02, 2024

Man tries to hide stolen horse in his third-floor apartment

A 19-year-old man faces three months to five years in prison for stealing a horse…
March 01, 2024

Gunmen abduct 23 persons from Abuja community

A former Ward Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in the Federal Capital Territory, Alhassan…
March 02, 2024

What to know after Day 737 of Russia-Ukraine war

RUSSIAN PERSPECTIVE CIA has ‘many bases’ in Ukraine – FSB boss The CIA has “many”…
February 23, 2024

WhatsApp launches 4 new text formatting options including bulleted lists and block quotes - here's…

WhatsApp has launched four new text formatting options today These are bulleted lists, numbered lists,…
March 02, 2024

Super Eagles coach Peseiro leaves at end of contract

Nigeria's Portuguese coach Jose Peseiro said on Friday he had left the job only weeks…

NEWSSCROLL TEAM: 'Sina Kawonise: Publisher/Editor-in-Chief; Prof Wale Are Olaitan: Editorial Consultant; Femi Kawonise: Head, Production & Administration; Afolabi Ajibola: IT Manager;
Contact Us: [email protected] Tel/WhatsApp: +234 811 395 4049

Copyright © 2015 - 2024 NewsScroll. All rights reserved.