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Seffner, Florida - March 1, 2013
1. Medium shot of home where a Florida man was swallowed by sinkhole
2. Wide shot of home/crime scene tape
3. Medium shot of investigators in front of home
4. SOUNDBITE: Jeremy Bush/Victim's Brother
"Grabbed a shovel, tried to dig holes. And I just couldn't do nothing. Reporter: how much of the mattress and box spring could you see? You couldn't even see probably a quarter of it. The top corner, that was it. One top corner. Reporter: what did your brother say, did you hear him? I heard him yell, when I heard a noise and then I ran in there and jumped in the hole and I was screaming his name... I could swear I heard him hollering my name to help him. And there was nothing I could do."
5. Close up of Hillsborough County Fire Rescue officials in front of home
6. Wide shot of home covered in crime scene tape
7. Wide shot of investigators near home
8. SOUNDBITE: Robert Forsythe/Neighbor
"It can happen to anybody. What happened to this poor family right here is tragic. He's buried underneath there and it will be a miracle if he comes out alive. We pray that he does, but the way it looks right now, you know, it's not good."
9. Close up of equipment in the front of yard of home
10. SOUNDBITE: Jeremy Bush/Victim's Brother
"It's something you would see in a movie. You wouldn't in your wildest dreams, you wouldn't think anything like that would happen, especially here. Never had any problems with any kind of thing, nothing. Quite neighborhood, peaceful neighborhood, good neighbors. Reporter: what did it sound like? It sounded like a car coming through the back of the house. A loud, crashing sound."
11. Wide shot of officials on property
12. Medium shot of official on property
13. SOUNDBITE: Ron McCabe/Sinkhole expert and contractor
(not working on this situation but at the scene to observe, talk to media)
"Basically the water table changes. And when that water table changes, from your loose soils, that's when actually you have sinkhole issues."
14. Medium shot of officials on property
15. SOUNDBITE: Ron McCabe/Sinkhole expert and contractor
"It's all over the West Coast of Florida. It's the composition of our land. Unfortunately there's nothing you can do about it, all you can do is fix it."
16. Wide shot of Hillsborough County Fire Rescue officials on property
A police spokesman in Florida says they are starting a recovery effort to find a man who was swallowed up by a sinkhole at his home.
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office spokesman Larry McKinnon said Friday they asked sinkhole and engineering experts to come to the home near Tampa. The experts are using equipment to see if the ground can support the weight of heavy machinery that is needed for the recovery effort.
Jeremy Bush, who was home at the time, says he fears his brother Jeff has died. He ran into his brother's bedroom when he disappeared into the sinkhole Thursday night, but he says he could not save him.
Bush said, "I heard him yell, when I heard a noise and then I ran in there and jumped in the hole and I was screaming his name... I could swear I heard him hollering my name to help him. And there was nothing I could do."
Fire rescue officials lowered equipment into the sinkhole but have so far not seen any sign of life.
Neighbor Robert Forsythe told reporters "we pray that he does, but the way it looks right now, you know, it's not good."
Officials said Florida is especially prone to sinkholes because underneath the ground is limestone, a porous rock that easily dissolves in water, sometimes forming a hole in the earth.