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Jeffrey Bush Dead: Inside Killer Florida Sinkhole That Swallowed Man In The Dead Of Night (VIDEO)

03/04/2013 14:52 | Updated 03 April 2013

Footage of the sinkhole which swallowed a man alive as he slept as been released by the Florida authorities.

Jeffrey Bush could be heard screaming as the 30ft wide, 20ft deep sinkhole engulfed him in the dead of night in late February.

The 36-year-old's cries woke his brother Jeremy, who vainly rushed to try and save him.

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A still from footage of the sinkhole which claimed Jeffrey Bush's life

A camera placed on a pole and extended through a bedroom window has revealed the giant hole, with a spokesman for a sinkhole repair company describing it as "scary".

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Jeffrey Bush has been presumed dead after the sinkhole opened beneath his bedroom

Jeremy, who was trying to rescue his brother from the still-collapsing hole, was pulled to safety himself by Hillborough County Deputy Douglas Duval.

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Demolition crews at the scene of the house in Brandon, Florida

Jeremy later told WFTS: “I heard my brother screaming and I ran back there and tried going inside his room, but my old lady turned the light on and all I seen was this big hole, a real big hole, and all I saw was his mattress.”

Unease in the area continues after another sinkhole opened between two homes two miles away from the Bush family home.

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Jeremy Bush weeps as he describes his attempts to rescue his brother to local media

Luckily no one was hurt, WTVT-TV reported. But Florida state geologist Jonathan Arthur has warned more sinkholes are on the horizon.

He told USA Today: "As our footprint on the land increases, the likelihood we'll encounter sinkholes will increase. The activity we engage in that affects the subsurface land and water can trigger sinkholes as well."

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The sinkhole is being filled with gravel and dirt after attempts to retrieve Bush's body failed

Florida is comprised of limestone, an already porous rock that dissolves easily in acidic rainwater, according to the Department of Environmental Protection.

Click here for a map of Florida that classifies the frequency and severity of sinkholes.

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