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10 years on - the man who was swallowed by a sinkhole

By T.K. Randall
April 18, 2023 · Comment icon 4 comments

Nobody ever saw Jeff again and no trace of him was ever found. Image Credit: Pixabay / Pexels
Back in 2013, Jeff Bush had been sleeping in his bed when a hole suddenly opened in the ground and swallowed him up.
It might sound like the plot of a horror movie, but this terrifying story is in fact the real deal - a tale which demonstrates that nobody is entirely safe, not even when sleeping in their own bed.

The incident, which occurred in Seffner, Florida on March 1st 2013, began when Jeff's brother Jeremy and his partner Rachel - who had been sleeping in a neighboring room - suddenly heard a loud commotion and a scream, prompting them to rush through to see what had happened.

"We ran down the hallway, I flicked the light on and we opened up the door and it's all we've seen was a big old hole, and Jeff was gone," said Jeremy.

With little regard for his own safety, he jumped into the hole after him.

"The floor was still giving in and the dirt was still going down, but I didn't care. I wanted to save my brother," he said. "But I just couldn't do nothing."
"I could swear I heard him hollering my name to help him."

When rescuers arrived they were able to extricate Jeremy from the hole, but there was no sign of Jeff.

The next day, engineers deemed the entire site unsafe.

In the end, the house was demolished and the hole filled with gravel.

No trace of Jeff's body was ever found.

Source: IFL science | Comments (4)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Inn Spectre 1 year ago
If the hole was old, they should have known about it.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Grim Reaper 6 4 months ago
A man has been presumed dead after he was sucked into a sinkhole that opened underneath his bedroom in Florida. Jeffrey Bush disappeared in March 2013 and all that could be found was a 100-foot hole in his absence. His brother, Jeremy recalled the day of the tragedy when he heard screaming from Jeffrey's bedroom. Jeremy, thinking only of saving his brother who must have been sucked into the hole, jumped into it to try and rescue him, but the mud was rising to neck level and he wasn’t able to locate him. Then later, equipment had been lowered into the sinkhole to help search for Jeffrey bu... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by Occupational Hubris 4 months ago
I, too, yearn for the bottomless mud hole. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by Hankenhunter 4 months ago
I must be having a Mandela moment. I would have sworn this had happened years ago. *checks article*  Yep, it happened a decade ago. It was a horrible way to go.  

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