A construction site has swallowed a digger in Christchurch, and it has been proving a difficult rescue.
Workers were trying to stabilise the ground when their equipment started sinking and the $70,000 machine falling victim to the wet and soppy land plaguing parts of Christchurch.
The work blocked the street for half-an-hour prompting some frustration, but other locals were sympathetic of the situation.
It is well known the area had suffered huge damage in the quakes, and water has been a big problem.
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