Backyard Treasure Hunter Gets Stuck in Hole A spirit told him he would find gold, but no such luck By Dustin Lushing, Newser Staff Posted May 2, 2012 4:59 PM CDT 16 comments Comments The real one was a lot bigger. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – An Indiana man had to be rescued from a giant hole in his own back yard. The 25-year-old says he was digging for gold because a spirit told him he would discover treasure, reports WSBT. After three days, he struck water instead and became hopelessly trapped up to his knees in the sludge. His father, who was helping him, made it out of the crevasse and alerted authorities. After they finally got him out, they used a backhoe to fill in the hole and dash the golden dreams.