SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a Southern California man has been rescued after falling into a sinkhole.

The San Bernardino Sun reports the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department says neighbors, sheriff's deputies and firefighters rescued 75-year-old Dennis Love on Sunday after the ground became unstable around the faulty septic system that authorities say caused the sinkhole.

The sheriff's department says in a statement said that dirt, rocks and debris fell onto Love in sinkhole in the small town of Apple Valley.

At one point, an emergency medical technician fell into the hole and was pulled to safety by a sheriff's deputy.

Authorities say Love called for help when he fell into the hole.

Two neighbors were unable to pull him out but did manage to help him keep his head above water.

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Information from: The Sun, http://www.sbsun.com