The 47-year-old Plant City, Fla., resident's cellphone and quick thinking saved her from certain disaster when she suddenly plummeted into a sinkhole while gardening in her backyard Monday morning.
Within seconds, the 5-foot-7-inch Chapman says she was "totally submerged" within the 7-foot hidden trap, Tampa Bay's WTSP reports.
Luckily, Chapman had her cellphone handy, and after several futile attempts at calling for help -- service just isn't that great underground -- she dialed 911 and tossed the phone onto the grass hoping someone would respond.
"I open the sliding glass door, I look to the left, and sure enough I see her fingertips and her screaming at the top of her lungs," Osmanski said.
At first, Osmanski's rescue attempts were unsuccessful.
"He grabbed me with these military Marine hands and tried with everything he had to pull me out, and I just wasn't budging," Chapman said. "We were both sliding in."
The 19-year veteran officer then called for backup, and with the help of the Park City Fire Department, Chapman was eventually hoisted to safety.
Read more from WTSP Tampa Bay.
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