Sinkhole claims man in Florida

Fire & rescue spokeswoman says there was 'no way of possible survival'

Photo: Edward Linsmier/Getty Images
Photo: Edward Linsmier/Getty Images

Rescue workers have called off a search effort for a man who disappeared into a sinkhole which swallowed his bedroom at his home in the state of Florida in the United States.

News reports have said that 36 year-old Jeff Bush is presumed dead after a sinkhole opened up beneath his family's home in the city of Tampa on Thursday night. Five other members of the family survived the incident.

Reuters reported that a Hillsborough County Fire Rescue spokeswoman said there was "no way of possible survival" from the incident.

"Our data has come back and there is absolutely no way we can do any kind of recovery without endangering lives of workers".

An engineer called in to assess the situation who spoke to Associated Press said that it was not yet clear how big the sinkhole is and whether it might claim surrounding properties.

The engineer, Bill Bracken, said he could not understand how the remainder of the house had not yet collapsed, stating that the land below was like a "very large, very fluid mass".

The house is now set to be demolished.


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