Man sucked to his death by massive sinkhole that opened in his swimming pool

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This is the moment a sinkhole opened up in a pool and killed a swimmer in front of shocked onlookers.

The man died after being sucked underground during a private pool party in Karmei Yosef, Israel, on Thursday.

The receding water dragged the swimmer away, with another man, 34, managing to narrowly escape. 

He suffered minor injuries to his lower body and received aid from paramedics at the scene.

A video showed swimmers hanging on to the sides of the pool as the sinkhole swallowed everything up, including water and inflatables.

A witness said she saw the sinkhole swallow the victim moments after warning her colleagues to leave the pool.

She told the Ynet news site: ‘Seconds later, the ground just dropped… I watched two people just disappear.’

Another witness told Israel’s Channel 12: ‘The water level suddenly started receding and a hole opened up, creating a vortex that swept two people inside.’ 

The search team spent four hours looking for the man’s body and used Go-Pro cameras on their helmets to help them.

The rescuers had to be cautious and build a support structure as there were fears of a secondary collapse.

Paramedic Uri Damari told The Jerusalem Post: ‘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.’

The party was held for workers at a private company. 

Police have opened an investigation into the death.

A helicopter was used to search for other possible sinkholes in the area.

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