Pilot Finds Hole In Lake—Flies In And Gets It All On Camera

Pilot Finds Hole In Lake—Flies In And Gets It All On Camera

Massive Hole Appears In Lake

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The world is filled with mystery. But one of the most captivating enigmas is the Lake Berryessa hole. Last year, out of nowhere, a mysterious hole opened up on the lake’s surface. Nobody knew what it was, or where the water was going to. Until one man, Evan Kilkus found what no one else expected. He flew his drone over the sinking pit. And when he saw what was inside the hole, he was amazed.

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Flying High

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Evan Kilkus, better known by his YouTube name, Evan K, was a drone enthusiast. But on top of that, he was a pure adrenaline junkie. By day, Evan worked at Lake Berryessa at the boat and jet ski rental. But whenever he got a moment, he broke out the drone for an adventure. But one day, while flying, this pilot saw something odd. He noticed a massive hole over Lake Berryessa. And when he went to investigate, he quickly wished he hadn’t.

That Sinking Feeling

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One day, Evan was flying his drone over Lake Berryessa. From a distance, he saw something peculiar. A large, black orifice was sitting stagnant on the lake’s surface. Evan was intrigued. The ominous looking shape had piqued his attention. So, he decided to get a little closer. He had to discover what the shape was. It seemed as though it had appeared overnight. But, when he began to fly his drone toward the object, a complication occurred.

All Systems Are Down

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Suddenly, the drone screen began to flash. Evan knew this was a problem, so he quickly turned the machine around and brought it back to safety. His battery had started to run low. And the last thing Evan wanted was to lose his drone to the lake. When he had safely landed his drone, he reviewed the footage. Suddenly, his heart began to race. He had found something incredible. But he had no idea what to expect inside.

Evan Plots His Mission

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Evan was now completely invested in exploring the lake anomaly he had seen on screen. The only issue was logistics. How would he be able to get inside of the massive lake hole he had found? His drone would drown if submerged. And he sure as heck wasn’t about to jump down the hole himself. So how could he capture one of his greatest finds on film? Slowly, he began to form a plan.

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The Perimeter Run

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Evan decided to take the drone out for another spin. He had come up with a conclusive exploration plan. He would fly the perimeter and see if he could find anything suspicious. Upon closer inspection, if there was a reason to delve deeper, he would then plan out a thorough investigation. But he had no idea what he was about to take on. And when he finally saw what the hole led to, he wished he hadn’t.

Sever Drought Leaves Napa Barren

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Over the past decade, California suffered from a prolonged drought. This wreaked havoc on the ecosystem of the area. Lake Berryessa was in itself affected by the situation. Water levels had dropped to an all-time low. This left the lake looking sparsely barren. It was a dismal site indeed. The once gushing waterbed was left arid. People never thought it would restore its former glory. But, when the rains came, they brought something incredible with them.

The Mysterious Gift Of The Rains

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When the torrential downpour hit California, it was a true blessing. The land was no longer in a bleak state. But the rains brought an enigmatic gift. The gift that Evan would discover. As though suddenly, the massive hole appeared in Lake Berryessa. According to Evan’s calculations, the widest part of the hole looked to be approximately 72 feet wide. That was astronomical. Holes don’t simply appear out of nowhere. So why, and how, did this one?

The Public Were Stupefied

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The hole didn’t only catch Evan’s eye. Anyone who drove by that section of the dam was left in wonder. Onlookers gathered from miles around. All staring blankly at the portentous black abyss. People were captivated by what they saw. It was as though the lake hole had some sort of hold over them. All observers were left, hypnotized by the hole. But when Evan dug deeper, he found the truth behind it.

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Full Speed Ahead

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It was finally the day of the perimeter run. Evan was buzzing with excitement. He took his drone to the lakeside and prepared himself for the journey of his life. As the machine took off, Evan’s heart pounded throughout his body. He flew straight towards the lake hole. When there, he scouted the surrounding drop, only to find nothing. But when the drone flew over the dam wall he wasn’t prepared for what he saw.

The Drone Exposes The Lake

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When Evan flew over the dam wall, he jumped backward. At the foot of the dam wall, water gushed like mad. It was like seeing a massive gutter spilling out after a huge rain. But essentially, that is what Evan had just found. The mysterious hole in the lake was a slipway. He was relieved to know nothing paranormal was afoot. But still left in wonder by the massive man-made chasm. But the slipway held its own secrets.

The Purpose Of The Slipway

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Evan discovered that the slipway was created when the lake was constructed. Lake Berryessa is the seventh largest man-made lake in CA. therefore, you can only imagine its sheer size and water volume it can hold. A slipway is created to ensure that the lake never overflows. It keeps the surrounding areas and dam wall safe from a build of immense pressure. But why had nobody witnessed it in over a decade?

The Drought Aided The Mystery

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Due to the prolonged drought in California, there was no need for the slipway. The water levels were devastatingly low. Hence, the slipway was closed and forgotten. Furthermore, slipways often are designed to run over or through sections of the dam wall. Hence the enigmatic appeal of the mysterious hole in the middle of the lake. To prove how captivating it is, all one needs to do is visit Evan’s YouTube channel.

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Evan K Takes YouTube By Storm

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With an average of 32,000 followers, it is safe to say that Evan’s channel is popular. However, he usually only amassed a few hundred hits per clip may a few thousand if lucky. But the views on his various Glory Hole videos reach well into the millions. The most popular video stands at a staggering 12 million views to date. Nobody can understand it, but the hole holds mystery still.

The Lake Berryessa Glory Hole Lives On

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Even though people now know what it is, they still gather. There is something to this hole that pulls spectators in. if you haven’t witnessed it for yourself, put it on the bucket list. There is definitely something worth observing at Lake Berryessa. But, if you’re not willing to make the trip, at least do yourself a favor by watching the video. You will see just how breathtaking the site really is.

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