Search Continues for Man Swallowed by Sinkhole

Florida's Jeffrey Bush, 37, vanished while in his bedroom

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 2, 2013 6:26 AM CST

(Newser) – Engineers are still gingerly trying to find a 37-year-old Florida man who disappeared into a sinkhole that opened up in his bedroom yesterday. Jeffrey Bush is presumed dead, and authorities say the sinkhole is so dangerous they can't risk simply sending searchers into it, reports AP. It's about 30 feet wide and 20 feet deep, but it's growing slowly and expected to collapse even more. "This is not your typical sinkhole," says one Tampa-area official. "This is a chasm. For that reason, we're being very deliberate."

Bush's family is livid, especially his brother, Jeremy, who tried in vain to pull his brother out when the sinkhole suddenly appeared Thursday night. He had to be rescued himself by a firefighter. "I could swear I heard him hollering my name to help him," Jeremy tells the Tampa Bay Times. The newspaper says this is a "cover collapse sinkhole," the rarest and most dangerous kind because there's no warning. "You can almost envision a piece of Swiss cheese," explains one geologist, referring to the region's porous limestone.

This undated photo released by Jeremy Bush shows his brother Jeff.
This undated photo released by Jeremy Bush shows his brother Jeff.   (AP Photo/Jeremy Bush, HO)
Jeremy Bush breaks down as he speaks to the media about attempting to rescue his brother.
Jeremy Bush breaks down as he speaks to the media about attempting to rescue his brother.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Engineers work in front of a home where sinkhole opened up underneath a bedroom in Seffner, Fla.
Engineers work in front of a home where sinkhole opened up underneath a bedroom in Seffner, Fla.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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