As a second sinkhole appears near the first deadly earthen depression in the Tampa area, recovery efforts to locate the body of missing Seffner resident Jeff Bush officially ended in the area in which he disappeared in the sudden sinkhole Thursday night.
The second sinkhole appears to be slightly less of a concern than the first, one that made national headlines Friday morning as the Bush family’s horrifying narrow escape was reported.
Near where the second sinkhole (which appears not to directly threaten homes or residents) was discovered, recovery efforts were permanently halted for the body of Bush. News sources indicate that a memorial-type service occurred as work crews prepared to fill in the massive hole that claimed Bush’s life.
Detroit Free Press reports:
“During a brief ceremony at 4 p.m., the family of 37-year-old Jeffrey Bush placed a teddy bear, a photo, notes and flowers into the bucket of a backhoe, which dropped them into the estimated 60-foot-deep hole in Seffner, about 15 miles east of Tampa. Then came a truckload of gravel, the first in the process of filling in the yawning hole that took Bush without warning.”
As a second sinkhole appears just miles from the deadly Seffner one, family of the victim of the sinkhole question why more intensive measures were not taken to attempt to rescue Jeff Bush.
Grieving brother Jeremy Bush — who was inconsolable late last week as the first sinkhole was assessed while talking to reporters — grew frustrated and angry about what he says was a half-hearted effort to find Jeff alive.
Jeremy Bush was in the hole, desperately digging for his brother when first-responders arrived on scene and forcibly removed him.
The surviving Bush tearfully lamented:
“You see all this heavy equipment? … They could have tried harder to get my brother out of there … My mom and dad are going through hell right now.”
As a second sinkhole appears nearby, Geohazards’ Anthony Randazzo (who is a former University of Florida geology professor) explained that drilling can sometimes precipitate sinkholes. He says:
“Usually, you have some time … These catastrophic sinkholes give you some warning over the course of hours. This is very unusual and very tragic.”
Randazzo explained as the second sinkhole was discovered that fatalities linked with sinkholes are rare.