A Florida sinkhole swallowed a man and rescuers have been unable to pull him out. On March 1, CNN reported that a 100 ft wide sinkhole opened up under the man's bedroom in his Tampa home. His brother heard the commotion and now is left fearing the worst.
"I heard a loud crash, like a car coming through the house. I heard my brother screaming and I ran back there and tried going inside his room, but my old lady turned the light on and all I seen was this big hole, a real big hole, and all I saw was his mattress," said the man's brother, Jeremy Bush.
The Florida sinkhole has been unyielding and it has been impossible for rescuers to save the man who is still inside. Nearby homes have been evacuated as a precaution and teams of experts are still trying to figure out a way to get the man out alive -- that is, if he is still alive.
"I know in my heart he's dead but I just want to be here for him, because I love him, he was my brother, man," Jeremy Bush said. While family, friends, neighbors, and rescuers wait for more sophisticated equipment to examine the sinkhole and to further their relief efforts, the day is looking more and more depressing.
A sinkhole in Florida is not uncommon either. According to CNN, "The state lies on bedrock made of limestone or other carbonate rock that can be eaten away by acidic groundwater, forming voids that collapse when the rock can no longer support the weight of what's above it."
© Effie Orfanides 2013