Thursday 19 April 2018

Search to find body of sinkhole victim called off

Efforts to find the body of a man swallowed by a sinkhole under his Florida home were called off amid fears that the building would collapse.

The 20ft-wide opening of the sinkhole is almost completely covered by the the four-bedroom house in the Tampa suburb of Seffner and rescue teams feared it would collapse on them if they tried to search for Jeff Bush (37).

Crews testing the unstable ground surrounding the house evacuated two neighbouring homes as a precaution.

Mr Bush was in his bedroom on Thursday night when the earth opened, swallowing him and everything in his room.

Experts say thousands of sinkholes form yearly in Florida because of the state's unique geography, though most are small and deaths rarely occur.

Irish Independent

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