Search for sinkhole victim ends

AFP-JIJI

Rescue workers announced Saturday that they have halted their search for the body of a man whose bedroom was swallowed up by a sinkhole in a Florida town. The hole opened up in the Tampa suburb of Seffner late Thursday, shattering the concrete slab on which Jeff Bush’s four-bedroom home rested.

“At this point, it’s really not possible to recover the body,” Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill said. Authorities feared that the hole was still unstable and could grow. “It’s very deep. Very wide. Very unstable. And that’s why I said that any further demolition can’t even take place on the site.” The hole is now about 8 meters wide at ground level but far deeper.