Couple arrested after man dies in Israeli swimming pool sinkhole

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Firemen and rescuers work in a sinkhole formed in a swimming pool in Karmi Yosef, Israel, Thursday, July 21, 2022 (AP)
Firemen and rescuers work in a sinkhole formed in a swimming pool in Karmi Yosef, Israel, Thursday, July 21, 2022 (AP)

Israeli police placed a couple under house arrest after a man attending a party at their villa died after being sucked into a sinkhole at the bottom of their swimming pool.

The man and woman, both in their sixties, are suspected of causing death by negligence, police said.

They were arrested on Thursday night and a court decided to release them Friday under “restrictive conditions of house arrest” for five days.

The incident happened during a private party the couple hosted at their house in the town of Karmi Yosef, 25 miles southeast of the city of Tel Aviv.

Firemen and rescuers work in a sinkhole formed in a swimming pool in Karmi Yosef, Israel. (AP)
Firemen and rescuers work in a sinkhole formed in a swimming pool in Karmi Yosef, Israel. (AP)

Mobile phone video from the scene shows floats and water being sucked to the bottom, at the center of the pool, as people sitting by the poolside shout in Hebrew.

A man is seen approaching the sinkhole, slips and is almost pulled in before he backs away.

The police said the dead man, aged 30, was found following a search mission in which police, emergency crews and the army took part.

Israeli media cited witnesses as saying the party was attended by nearly 50 people, of whom six were in the pool, and also reported the homeowner had built the pool without proper licensing.

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