THE Inskip Peninsula sinkhole helped save a life on Sunday, after causing so much alarm the night before.
Nobody was killed in the drama, but an Indian tourist, 24, is alive today because the sinkhole attracted a large contingent of emergency services personnel, including the police who saved his life.
Police responding to the sinkhole emergency were quickly on hand to revive the young man who was not breathing and only seconds from death after they dragged him from the water on Sunday morning just before 10am.
Gympie police said the man had got into difficulties while swimming, a short distance from where the sinkhole had threatened lives and claimed several campsites late Saturday night.
Police from Maryborough and water police from Hervey Bay were at the scene.
They brought the man in and revived him with CPR, a spokeswoman said.
The RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter was called at 10am and landed on the beach, before relocating at Rainbow Beach, leaving a doctor and paramedic to help tend to the man, a rescue service spokeswoman said.
He was stabilised and taken by land ambulance to Rainbow Beach before being flown to Nambour Hospital in a stable condition.
He was flown to Nambour Hospital in a stable condition.
Police evacuated the MV Sarawak camping area, close to a previous sinkhole in 2011. They also evacuated campers from the neighbouring MV Beagle camping area, fearing it might get worse overnight, especially with the high tide.
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