Florida Man Swallowed by Sinkhole: Conditions Too Unstable to Approach


"I looked down. There was a family member inside the hole that was trying to get the victim out," Duvall said. "I reached out and was able to get him by his hand and pull him out of the hole. The hole was collapsing. At that time, we left the house."

This evening Duvall added, "I've never seen anything like it. I've never seen anything move so fast and do so much devastation.

"If you guys know this neighborhood, this family, pray for them," he said. "They need it."

The family was evacuated from the home as rescuers tried to get to the man. Listening devices and cameras were sent into the hole.

"They did not detect any signs of life," Rogers said. "There continued to be collapses of the earth below the floor to the point where they had to eventually back out of the house."

When asked what authorities believe the victim's status is, Rogers said earlier today, "Until we can actually determine where the victim is, I can't really answer that. We're going to do everything we can for Mr. Bush, but we have to make sure we don't endanger other personnel in the process."

Jeremy Bush was trying to be hopeful, but said he feared the worst.

When asked by WFTS why the family was staying nearby, Bush tearfully said, "Just to get closure, I guess, make sure he's not dead, see if he's alive. But I know in my heart he's dead. I just want to be here for him because I love him. He's my brother, man."

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