Man is killed after being sucked into a sinkhole that emerged under a swimming pool in Israel
- Man, 30, dies after being sucked into a sinkhole under a swimming pool in Israel
- Body found at the end of a 49ft tunnel under pool in Karmei Yosef, central Israel
- Second man, 34, escaped with minor injuries after climbing out of the sinkhole
- Police are investigating the pool, emergency services are looking for more holes
A man has died after he was sucked into a sinkhole that emerged under a swimming pool in Israel.
The man, who has not been identified but was aged 30, was found at the end of a 49ft (15m) tunnel under the pool in Karmei Yosef in central Israel.
Emergency services equipped with Go-Pro cameras erected a structure to prevent the rest of the pool collapsing and carried out a four-hour rescue operation before finding the body.
Horrifying footage shows the moment the sinkhole drained the pool as more than 50 people attending the work pool party watch on.
Several floats, including a blow-up flamingo, are seen disappearing into the hole in the centre of the pool as party-goers scramble to escape.
A man has died after he was sucked into a sinkhole (pictured) that emerged under a swimming pool in Israel
Emergency services equipped with Go-Pro cameras erected a structure to prevent the rest of the pool collapsing and carried out a four-hour rescue operation before finding the body
Authorities said a 34-year-old man who was also dragged under by the sinkhole had escaped from the incident with minor injuries after managing to climb out.
They added a helicopter was being used to located other sinkholes in the area.
Police said they were investigating the death and whether the pool was operated with the correct licensing.
Paramedic Uri Damari told The Jerusalem Post: ‘This is a very unusual incident.
‘When I got to the scene I saw a pit that had opened at the bottom of the empty pool.
‘People who were at the site told me that the pit opened suddenly and within a few seconds all the water of the pool was pulled in.’
Police said they were investigating the death and whether the pool was operated with the correct licensing
Damari added: ‘A 34-year-old man who pulled himself out of the pit was sitting outside the pool agitated.
‘He suffered minor injuries to his head and limbs and after medical treatment we took him to the hospital.’
A party attendee told Israel’s Channel 12: ‘The water level suddenly started receding and a hole opened up, creating a vortex that swept two people inside.’
Another witness told Ynet ‘the ground just dropped… I watched two people disappear.’
She said there were six people in the pool when the sinkhole appeared and that she shouted at them to get out of the water.
They initially thought it was some kind of game before realising what was happening and rushing to get to safety.
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