Inside The Fatal Seffner Sinkhole
SEFFNER, FL. (CNN) – We are getting a first-hand look inside the sinkhole that swallowed and killed a Florida man in February.
A contractor shot video of the inside of the hole after the unsuccessful recovery effort.
As, Josh Rojas reports, the victim’s brother says the video reveals why rescuers could not recover the body.
Shocking video from inside the Seffner home of the sinkhole that swallowed 37-year-old Jeff Bush is being released only to bay news 9.
You can see a deep dark pit in the middle of bush’s bedroom with just edges of the floor around it.
In February, as bush was asleep in bed, the sinkhole suddenly opened up beneath him.
Jeremy Bush says he jumped into that sinkhole to try and save his brother, but it was too late.
“I think about him all the time and I hear him in my head hollering for me to help him still. It’s just really hard.”
Jeremy was pulled out of that sinkhole by a Hillsborough sheriff’s deputy.
Now this is the first time Jeremy has seen this video.
It was taken by a tethered Hillsborough County contractor with a video camera on the end of a pole that he stuck through the bedroom window.
“Wow, you can’t even see his bed.”
Jeremy says he’s glad the public can now see what the 60-foot deep sinkhole that took his brother’s life really looked like.
“It looks totally different than from when I seen it. It’s much deeper. Like I said, you can’t see anything that was in there, than what I seen before when I first jumped in.”
You might remember, county officials said it was too dangerous to recover bush’s body.
Instead the home was demolished and the sinkhole was filled in.
Standup: an orange mesh fence now surrounds that filled in sinkhole where bush’s body is entombed.
Flowers are being left on this outside chain link fence along with “danger” and “no trespassing” signs.
Jeremy says now that he’s seen this video of the sinkhole; he understands why his brother’s body could not be recovered.
“When I first jumped in the hole it didn’t seem like it was that deep. And seeing the video and what the county showed it is totally different than what I thought it was.”
Truly a nightmare for this family caused by the rarest kind of sinkholes in Florida.
Hillsborough County officials are still waiting for final report on the future of the two homes next to the sinkhole.
Both were evacuated back in February.