Man Swallowed by Sinkhole Inside Swimming Pool During Party

A man has been found dead after he was swallowed by a massive sinkhole inside a swimming pool in front of horrified partygoers.

The terrifying sinkhole suddenly opened up during a work pool party at a villa in the town of Karmei Yosef, Israel.

Around 50 people were partying at the property when the ground collapsed at the bottom of the pool and the man – said to be 30 – was sucked underground.

Horrifying footage showed stunned swimmers scrambling to get out of the pool as the sinkhole opened and drained all the water in just a matter of seconds.

The man’s body was found at the end of a 15-metre tunnel after a complex four-hour rescue operation, according to reports.

Shocking footage showed the huge sinkhole at the bottom of the pool
Shocking footage showed the huge sinkhole at the bottom of the poolCredit: Kann News

Rescue teams were lowered deep underground wearing Go-Pro cameras as they searched for the man in the huge pit under the pool, The Times of Israel reports.

The frantic search was complicated by fears of another sinkhole – which would have crushed the rescue workers.

Emergency services had to put up a structure to stop the surface of the pool sinking any further and collapsing on them as they searched for the missing man.

A 34-year-old man was also dragged under by the sinkhole – but he managed to climb out and escape.

He reportedly suffered minor wounds to his lower body and was treated at the scene by paramedics.

One of the people at the party 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 that the sinkhole swallowed the man in a matter of seconds.

She said there were only six people in the pool at the time.

As the sinkhole opened, she desperately yelled at her colleagues to get out of the pool – but they initially thought it was some sort of game.

“Seconds later, the ground just dropped… I watched two people just disappear,” she said.

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.”

“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.”

Authorities are now scanning the local area for any other sinkholes and have sent up a helicopter to help.

And cops have launched an investigation into the man’s death and will probe whether there were any problems with the pool.

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