First Look At 100-Foot Sinkhole That Swallowed Florida Man [VIDEO]

on April 03 2013 1:03 AM
Florida Sinkhole
Police tape surrounds a home where a sinkhole opened up and swallowed a man in Seffner, Fla. The 36-year-old Florida man was feared dead after the sinkhole suddenly opened beneath the bedroom of his suburban Tampa home swallowing him, police and fire officials said. Reuters/Brian Blanco

Unsettling footage of the infamous Florida sinkhole has just emerged, the Daily Mail reported on Tuesday.

The massive sinkhole seemingly opened up out of nowhere, killing a man when it swallowed him whole as he slept in his bed.

Jeff Bush, 37, was sleeping in his family’s home in Seffner, near Tampa, when the earth opened up beneath him. His brother, Jeremy, jumped in the hole to try to save him, but his brother could not be found.

Footage taken by a contractor who inspected the hole right before the home was demolished has now been released by the county. It shows every piece of furniture in the room vanished along with Bush’s body.

Even though the ground completely gave out, the shelves remained intact in the victim’s room.

Authorities stopped searching the hole after no sign of life was shown after a day of looking.

According to Fox News, neighbor’s houses on each side of the sinkhole have been vacated after being condemned.

“The results of the geophysical tests concluded that the subsurface soils were unstable as subsidence activity is evidenced at each site,” said Hillsborough County Administrator Michael Merrill, according to the Daily Mail.

Jeremy Bush, 36, revealed how desperate he was to pull his brother, Jeff, out of the rubble since he could hear his screams.

“I ran in there and heard somebody screaming, my brother screaming, and I ran in there,” he told My Fox Tampa Bay.

“And all I see is this big hole. All I see is the top of his bed. I didn't see anything else, so I jumped in the hole and tried getting him out."

"'The floor was still giving in and the dirt was still going down, but I didn't care. I wanted to save my brother. I could hear him screaming for me, hollering for me. I couldn't do nothing.”

Jeremy wasn’t able to save his brother and the deputy who pulled Jeremy out of the hole likely saved his life.

“I feel like they could have tried harder to get my brother out of there," he said. 'That was my brother. No one is even talking about what my mom and dad are going through. They don't want to be on camera. My mom and dad are going through hell right now.”

Sinkholes are common in Florida because of its soil structure, but they are normally smaller and fatalities are rare. 

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