The Florida sinkhole story appears to be ending on a sad note. One missing Florida man is feared dead after falling into a large sinkhole, according to a Mar. 1 Reuters report.
36-year-old Jeff Bush was asleep in his Tampa bedroom on Thursday night, when a large sinkhole engulfed the bedroom, authorities said. Family members heard a crash and Bush’s screaming and rushed to his aid, to no avail. Bush’s brother, 35-year-old Jeremy Bush, jumped into the hole and tried to rescue his brother. “I feel in my heart he didn't make it,” Jeremy told Tampa TV station WFTS. “There were six of us in the house; five got out.”
Jeremy barely made it out himself. He was eventually rescued by Douglas Duvall of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Duvall, one of the first responders on the scene described what he saw when he arrived. “The hole took the entire bedroom. You could see the bedframe, the dresser, everything was sinking,” he said.
As of late Friday night, television reports indicate that authorities have yet to detect any sign of life, even after using sophisticated listening and camera devices into the sinkhole. Television cameras showed family members keeping vigil at the home, hoping for some good news from rescue workers and listening for any sign of life.
Reuters also reports that rescue efforts are stalled due to safety conditions. “There is a very large, very fluid mass underneath this house rendering the entire house and the entire lot dangerous and unsafe,” Bill Bracken, the head of an engineering company assisting fire and rescue officials, told the news conference late on Friday. “We are still trying to determine the extent and nature of what's down there so we can best determine how to approach it and how to extricate.”
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