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    FL Brandon, Sinkhole Swallows House, Man Trapped

    This is happening right now. From the outside you can't really tell but his bedroom got swallowed up while he was sleeping.


    Sinkhole opens in Brandon manís bedroom



    When it happened, his brother tried to pull him from the hole. Meanwhile, a deputy had to pull the brother out. Rescuers tried to send a camera and listening device into the hole, but it was swallowed up

    Read more: http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/2...#ixzz2MI9ofSx8
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    Brandon sinkhole live video: Florida sinkhole swallows man in bedroom, rescue crews at the scene

    A man swallowed by sinkhole under his bedroom in Florida is believed dead, authorities said early Friday, after monitoring equipment found no signs of life.

    Using radar, engineers determined the sinkhole is about 100 feet in diameter, but it is not visible above ground except from inside the house.
    The ground covering the massive cavity is mostly intact, but it could buckle, taking the entire house down with it -- as well as neighboring homes.


    http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/nationa...s-at-the-scene

    Florida man swallowed by sinkhole feared dead

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/01/us/flo...ole/index.html

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    This is so awful - I'm going to have nightmares over it. Shudder.

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    I hear you! It is very scary. They just had an interview with the brother that tried to get him out. Heartbreaking...

    http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/

    They've also had to evacuate the neighbors because they think the house could go any time possibly taking other houses down with it.

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    Five adults and a two-year-old child were in the house at the time of the collapse, but no one else was injured.

    Lt. Donald Morris from Hillbosourgh County Sheriff's Department described the scene officers found on Friday morning.

    'The mattress, the bed, everything was actually going down in the hole where the first person had gone and now the second person is in the hole trying to save the first,' he said.
    'And they're not being successful so [the rescuer is] just reacting and doing what they have to do to get that person out. It was deep enough that the person he pulled out to safety was not ale to fully extend their arms and even reach the top.'


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz2MIGdMWJc

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    Unreal. I hope everyone is very careful, that thing will open wider eventually.
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    This is so disturbing on so many levels for me! I am going to have nightmares.
    I sure hope his family will be able to recover emotionally from this. How terribly horrorifying.................
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    My prayers are with everyone...but especially with the man who tried to save his brother. How terrible to live with that.

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    It makes me wonder if the home didn't have a concrete slab. If it did, wouldn't the whole house shift and go? Could the force be that hard it breaks up the slab and not affect the rest of the house immediately? I'm going to have to read up on them.
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    FL-Sinkhole sucks man from his bedroom

    Officials and engineers are searching an unstable area of land after a sinkhole enveloped a Florida man’s bedroom in the middle of the night, sucking him down into the earth.

    The man has not been heard from since the 20-foot-deep by 20-foot-wide hole opened under part of the Bush family’s Hillsborough County home Thursday night.

    More info/video:
    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013...the-earth?lite


    LATimes:
    http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/n...,7704950.story


    http://abcnews.go.com/US/florida-man...ry?id=18626485


    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...9200NH20130301
    Last edited by fred&edna; 03-01-2013 at 01:57 PM. Reason: Added links


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    what a horrible horrible way to go

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    This updated article makes more sense as to how quickly this happened.

    Officials: ‘No sign of life’ inside sinkhole

    "We heard a loud crash. I ran in there and heard somebody screaming, my brother screaming, and I ran all in there," he said, choking back tears. "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 digging him out. And I couldn't get him. I could hear him screaming for me, hollering for me."

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    "I went into the bedroom, and I saw the sinkhole in the entire bedroom," Duvall said. "I saw the family member inside the hole who was trying to get the victim out. I reached out and was able to grab his hand and pull him out of the hole."

    http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/2...large-sinkhole

    2 videos at link. 1 with the brother.

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    One of the comments on the above article reminded me. I think it was last year around this time when a huge sinkhole opened up on I 4. Many believe some of this is due to the large amounts of water the strawberry farmers use especially when temps get close to freezing. This is more common than you would think, but my husband who has lived here for ions can't recall a human life taken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longtallcold View Post
    what a horrible horrible way to go
    Isn't it, though?!

    'Seems such a freakish thing to me.

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    So sad!

    Amazing the other people were able to escape.

    Is there any kind of warning before a sinkhole collapses? Like cracks in the home, pesky bugs fleeing or does it just happen in an instant?
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    You can also purchase a weather radio which will inform you of severe weather even if your electricity goes out. Runs on batteries of course.

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