Scary pool collapse that opened up at party among swimmers, claims lives

Scary pool collapse that opened up at party among swimmers, claims lives

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One man is dead and another injured after a large sinkhole suddenly formed under an underground pool at a venue in the village of Karmei Yosef in Israel, authorities confirmed on Thursday.

The deceased man, whom police identified as 32-year-old Klil Kimhi, was reportedly attending a private, formal work event held by a company that leased premises for its employees.

In his memory, friends post on Kimhi’s Facebook wall after his death.

One thanked him for “all the laughs” and another described him as “the best friend in the world”.

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Israel Hayom, a Hebrew-language newspaper, confirmed Kimhi’s death on Facebook, writing: “Heart broken: Kalil Kamchi is the victim of private pool sink disaster in [Karmei] Joseph. May his memory be a blessing.”

Video of the tragic incident – seen by Fox News Digital – shows the sinkhole rapidly drawing water and the pool floating in as swimmers tried to escape the sudden trap.

A group of medical workers are responding to a call to Karmei Yosef in central Israel after a man was washed into a pool hole amid a private party that also included several people swimming.  A 34-year-old man was also injured and survived.

A group of medical workers are responding to a call to Karmei Yosef in central Israel after a man was washed into a pool hole amid a private party that also included several people swimming. A 34-year-old man was also injured and survived.
(Israel’s National Fire and Rescue Authority)

According to local reports in Israel, Kimhi’s body was found hours after rescue workers completed the search.

The police have not yet released any information on the cause of death.

In a statement translated from Hebrew into English and made available to Fox News Digital, Israel Police said: “At the end of the operational search, the police, fire and rescue services and IDF Homefront Command located the missing man, an approximately 30-year-old resident of Tel Aviv – sadly passed away,” the statement said.

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Aviv Bublil, the lifeguard who worked at the pool party, told Israeli news site Ynet that around 2:00 p.m. Israel time, a “vortex” appeared in the pool.

She told the outlet that she yelled at people to get out of the pool, but they stayed.

Bublil added that the swimmers might have thought it was a game (perhaps not knowing they were in danger).

Police have not yet released the cause of death of 32-year-old Klil Kimhi, who was tragically killed after a hole opened up in a pool during a party.

Police have not yet released the cause of death of 32-year-old Klil Kimhi, who was tragically killed after a hole opened up in a pool during a party.
(Israel’s National Fire and Rescue Authority)

“Seconds later, the ground just collapsed, what appeared to be a giant sinkhole,” Bublil said. “I saw two people… two people were missing. One we couldn’t find and one could be seen from above among the rubble. My first instinct was to try to get inside… but there was no way to go inside. So they called the emergency services.”

She continued: “It was a matter of seconds. It doesn’t look ordinary so I realized it was an unusual occurrence that I don’t typically see in pools.”

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Another adult man who escaped the sinkhole was treated by staff from Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s national emergency medical, disaster, ambulance and blood bank service, the Jerusalem Post reported Thursday.

“A 34-year-old man who pulled himself from the pit sat excitedly in front of the pool,” MDA paramedic Uri Damari told the outlet.

“He suffered minor injuries to his head and limbs and we evacuated him to hospital after medical treatment.”

A first responder stands next to the damage caused by a sinkhole that opened up during a pool party in central Israel;  One man died and another was injured on Thursday, July 21, 2022.

A first responder stands next to the damage caused by a sinkhole that opened up during a pool party in central Israel; One man died and another was injured on Thursday, July 21, 2022.
(Israel’s National Fire and Rescue Authority)

Fox News Digital has reached out to MDA for comment.

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A sinkhole is a hole or “depression” in the ground that “has no natural external surface drainage,” according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

“Basically, this means that when it rains, all the water stays in the sinkhole and normally drains underground,” the US Department of the Interior website says.

“Sinkholes are dramatic because the land usually stays intact for a period of time, until the subterranean spaces just get too big.”

Sinkholes are most common in regions (called karst areas) where certain types of rock underground can be naturally dissolved by groundwater circulating through the surface, the USGS reports.

As rainwater seeps into the ground, soluble rocks (salt beds and domes, gypsum, limestone, and other carbonate rocks) begin to dissolve, creating “underground spaces and caves,” according to the USGS.

The large sinkhole that opened up during a pool party in Israel is pictured here.  One man died after being drawn in while others struggled to escape.

The large sinkhole that opened up during a pool party in Israel is pictured here. One man died after being drawn in while others struggled to escape.
(Israel’s National Fire and Rescue Authority)

“Sinkholes are dramatic because the land usually stays intact for a period of time, until the subterranean spaces just get too big.”

“If there is insufficient support for the land above the spaces, there can be a sudden collapse of the land surface,” the USGS said.

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Last year, Ittai Gavrieli of the Israel Geological Institute told Agence France-Presse (AFP) that there are thousands of sinkholes on the shores of the Dead Sea, in Jordan, Israel and the West Bank, The Times of Israel reported.

The USGS states that there is no available data on sinkhole collapses in America, although some states will track collapses individually through geological surveys.

Fox News’ Dana Karni contributed to this report.

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