A Guy Flew His Drone Over This Strange Hole In A Lake – And The Footage Left Him Floored
One day, a Californian man flew his drone over a nearby lake but he had a great surprise that he never expected to see. While he was looking through the drone’s camera he thought he was observing a deep hole. However, when he descended the drone to do a closer inspection, something unimaginable happened.
What A Sight!
David Burgman captured these amazing photos of Lake Berryessa. When David was piloting his drone to fly over the lake, he never imagined what he was about to see in the next minutes.
A vortex suddenly appeared in the middle of Lake Berryessa. The water was swirling at full speed pulled by a tremendous force. But where was it going to?
Lake Berryessa Glory Hole
When David decided to lower the drone to obtain a closer sight of the hole’s mouth. “When I descended my drone into it (the Glory Hole), it became unstable and almost crashed,” he explained.
Lake Berryessa has around 521 billion gallons of water. When reaching its fullest capacity, the surface of the lake can rise over 400 feet above the sea level. so when that happens, the excess water needs to go somewhere. But where to? And what happened with David’s drone? Was it dragged into the vortex?
A heavy rainfall happened in January and February 2017 in California. This caused lake’s water levels dramatically increased, and then, the “Glory Hole” vortex appeared next. Luckily, David’s drone did not suffer any damage but that was close.
Is it Some kind Of Portal?
The lake’s “Glory Hole” seems to be a portal to another dimension. Its vortex shape is what called David’s attention. When the water levels reach the 440-foot mark, the hole starts sucking the extra water.
Spiraling Out Of Control
The “Glory Hole” extracts around 2 million gallons per minute. The amazing sight produced at Lake Berryessa has attracted hundreds of visitors from different parts of the country who want to see the hole from the ground and in the air.
This phenomenon at Lake Berryessa has become an internet sensation and thanks to the frenzy caused by the social media people from different parts of the country came to see the vortex. In fact, Instagram users have shared and discuss the special event.
However, the spiral’s nickname has produced some severe warnings from concerned users on Twitter who advised to not hashtag the images and videos of the special phenomenon with the term “Glory Hole” due to its porn connotations.
A Tragic Event
Sadly, a local woman named Emily Schwalek suffered a tragic accident in 1997. She fought desperately for 20 minutes trying to cling to the concrete rim of the spillway. Unfortunately, she lost her grip and fell to meet her tragic end.
A Beautiful Sight
Although spillways have considered a simple but essential engineering necessity that thanks to the modern technology and with the help of David’s drone, people can now appreciate the true beauty of these structures.
A Sight Worth To See
Kevin King, the operations manager of the Solano Irrigation District, said that is impressive to see how people are gathering and waiting to see the spiral in motion. “I went up there the other day and there were around 15 drones flying around and people recording videos with their cameras. It’s very shocking that number of people,” he explained.