According to a report from NBC News, a sinkhole enveloped a Florida man’s bedroom in the middle of the night, sucking him down into the earth.
According to the NBC News report:
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.
“They heard a sound they described as a car crash emanating from the bedroom,” Hillsborough County Fire Chief Ron Rogers said at a Friday morning news conference. “They rushed in. All they could see was part of a mattress sticking out of the hole. The floor of the room had opened.”
At that point, one of the Bush family members jumped into the hole to try to rescue his brother, who the family could hear – but not see – in the sinkhole, Rogers said.
Rescue personnel arrived on the scene and were able to free the man who jumped in, but not his brother. They were forced to abandon the house as the ground continued shifting overnight. Once they came back with an engineering team and better equipment, they were able to resume their efforts.
On Friday morning, Rogers refused to discuss the possibility that the man was not alive. “The sooner we can locate the victim and determine his status, the better.”
However, he added, "We have to make sure we don't endanger other personnel or other people in the process. It doesn't help to compound the situation."
Watch video and read the entire NBC News report HERE.