Man trapped in hole safe and healthy; bottle hunters find buried treasure in hole

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Patrick Barnes was about nine feet deep digging for historic glass bottles Wednesday night in the backyard of a home in Downtown Wilmington when the side of the hole caved in on him.

It took more than two hours for rescuers to get Barnes back on solid ground. Barnes was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center and was later released.

Barnes and a few friends returned back to the hole Thursday to fill it in, saying they don’t like to leave a mess behind when they’re treasure hunting. Barnes’ friends say they found numerous glass bottles in the ground where the old outhouse was, including one bottle worth $2,000. They say despite the incident, this probably won’t be the last time they go digging for treasure.

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Dumb: Letting people dig up your backyard for "buried treasure" knowing that if they get hurt on your property, they can sue you.

Dumber: Digging for buried treasure out of an old outhouse in the backyard of someone you don't know and not stabilizing the sides of the 9 foot hole you dug so it won't cave in on you.

Dumbest: Wanting to go back and do it again.

Even Dumber Stiil: Not making this guy personally pay for all the services used to save his butt.

He can use that $2,000 to help pay for some of the services he received from Fire, Police, Ambulance for his rescue. Then he needs to start writing a check to cover the remainder because $2,000 won't begin to pay for everything. If you make stupid decisions, you ought to have to pay the price.

If he had to pay everything out of pocket, he might think twice before he went "treasure hunting" again.

Guess they aren't interested in letting some of that $2000 go back to the County for the resources used to rescue him from that hole???

@ guest 123456:

your right...
the money should go back to the appropriate place.. the city who used their resources.. not the county's.

Yea and all the druggies and murderers should do the same! These guys were doing something harmless and an accident happen so the police and fire did their job. Stop crying about it. We need more people in our society getting a hobby and not out there doing drugs and robbing people. Your comments are so redicoulous.