Sinkhole Turns Pool Party Into Deadly Vortex

Israel Sinkhole

A 32-year-old man was sucked into a sinkhole under a swimming pool at a house party in Israel.

The pool was built without planning permission at a site with known infrastructure problems, and a sinkhole opened up, sweeping two people inside.

Media reports say the victim, Klil Kimhi, fell into the hole, which was 43 feet deep. It took rescue teams four hours to reach him. A second man also fell into the hole but managed to climb out, suffering light injuries.

Two people responsible for building the pool on the property were arrested on suspicion of causing death by negligence.

Sinkholes are common in places where water erodes bedrock causing everything above that level to sink into the earth. While this particular incident occurred in Israel, the most common occurrences in the United States tend to be in Florida, Texas, Alabama, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania.

Earlier this month, a sinkhole in New York City swallowed a service van as it plunged 18 feet into the ground. Luckily no one was injured.

For more on this story, please consider these sources:

  1. Man dead, another injured after sinkhole opens under swimming pool in Israel – New York Post
  2. Owners of collapsed pool released to house arrest after party-goer’s death – The Times Of Israel
  3. 32-Year-Old Man Dies After Sinkhole ‘Opened Suddenly’ at Pool Party: ‘A Very Unusual Incident’ – People
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