In a matter of seconds, the earth opened under Jeff Bush’s bedroom and swallowed him up like something out of a horror movie.
About the only thing left was the TV cable running down into the hole.
Bush, 37, was presumed dead Friday, the victim of a sinkhole — a hazard so common in Florida that state law requires home insurers to provide coverage against the danger.
Jeremy Bush said he jumped into the hole but couldn’t see his brother and had to be rescued himself by a sheriff’s deputy who reached out and pulled him to safety as the ground crumbled around 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”, Jeremy Bush said through tears Friday in a neighbor’s yard. “But I just couldn’t do nothing”.
He added: “I could swear I heard him hollering my name to help him”.