A man in central Israel was killed on Thursday after a large sinkhole opened under a swimming pool during a house party for co-workers and sucked him down into a hole 43 feet deep. The water level suddenly started receding and a hole opened up, creating a vortex.The victim, who has been identified as Klil Kimhi, 32, was attending a corporate event in the town of Karmi Yosef, 40 kilometers southeast of Tel Aviv. Rescue teams were called to the home. Emergency services equipped with Go-Pro cameras erected a structure to prevent the rest of the pool collapsing and carried out a four-hour rescue operation before finding the body. They declared the man dead when his body was found at the end of the 15-meter-deep sinkhole.
There were six people in the pool when the sinkhole appeared. Another unnamed 34-year-old man was also injured when the sinkhole opened. Police opened an investigation into Kimhi’s death. A couple in their 60s who own the property with the swimming pool were arrested on suspicion of causing death by negligence. Authorities are looking into whether the swimming pool was properly licensed. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, sinkholes usually occur when the ground below the land surface dissolves into the groundwater and is washed away, leaving an open cavern covered only by a thin layer of ground.