As a parent, you’d do anything to protect your child and this can sometimes lead you to be a bit blinded to their faults. One mother from the Ukraine was so desperate to get her son out of prison, she dug a 35-foot tunnel to try to bust him out despite the fact that he was serving a sentence for murder. Needless to say, things didn’t go quite to plan.
- The unnamed 51-year-old woman was on a mission. She started out by renting a house near the prison in the town of Zaporizhia, in the south-west of the country. Working only at night, she used shovels and pickaxes to dig a hole 10 feet deep and then began the tunnel, which stretched 35 feet and ended just under the prison building’s walls.
- She tried to avoid being recognized. The woman apparently never went out during the day so that neighbors wouldn’t get used to her face. Once darkness fell, she used an electric scooter to get to the dig site and had a trolley to collect debris from inside the tunnel. “She had a kind of trolley, a piece of plywood with small wheels, so she could remove the soil,” a prison guard explained.
- She dug up a whopping three tons of soil. All the dirt the woman dug was dumped in an abandoned garage, and the three tons of soil she dug up was removed throughout the three weeks she was working on the rather unconventional project. However, police eventually caught and arrested her even though a local shopkeeper didn’t recognize her photo, local news station TSN reports.
- Locals are actually in awe of the mother’s tenacity. One man named Serhey Pilnyansky expressed his admiration, saying, “This mother prepared thoroughly. Perhaps she is a miner’s daughter. To dig three meters deep would be hard enough. She had no excavator or anything of the kind.” Another local simply added, “That’s how a mother is!” I suppose so…