VIDEO: An Inside Look at Florida Sinkhole

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SEFFNER, Fla. (Bay News 9) -- The country is getting a first-hand look inside the sinkhole that swallowed and killed a Florida man.

The victim's brother said video taken of inside the hole reveals why rescuers could not recover the body of Jeff Bush, 37.

In February, as Bush was asleep in bed, the sinkhole opened up beneath him. Jeremy Bush said he jumped into the hole to try to save his brother, but it was too late.

"I think about him all the time, and I hear him in my head hollering for me to help him still," said Jeremy. "It's just really hard."

Jeremy was pulled out of the sinkhole by a Hillsborough sheriff's deputy.

The video was taken by a tethered Hillsborough County contractor with a video camera on the end of a pole stuck through the bedroom window.

Jeremy said he's glad the public can now see what the 60-foot-deep sinkhole that took his brother's life really looked like.

"It looks totally different from when I saw it," said Jeremy. "Like I said, you can't see anything that was in there, than what I saw before when I first jumped in."

When it happened, county officials said it was too dangerous to recover Bush's body. Instead, the home was demolished and the sinkhole was filled in.

An orange mesh fence now surrounds the filled-in sinkhole where Bush's body is entombed. Flowers are being left on the outside chain link fence along with "danger" and "no trespassing" signs.

Jeremy said now that he's seen the video of the sinkhole, he understands why his brother's body could not be recovered.

"When I first jumped in the hole, it didn't seem that deep," he said. "And seeing the video and what the county showed, it is totally different than what I thought it was.

Hillsborough County has condemned the two homes next to the sinkhole due to unstable grounds. Both were evacuated back in February. Officials say soil samples taken in the neighborhood have deemed the rest of the street safe.

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