Israeli couple arrested after man dies in swimming pool sinkhole

JERUSALEM — Israel Police said Friday they placed a couple under house arrest, a day after a man attending a party at their villa died after being sucked into a sinkhole that formed at the bottom of their swimming pool.

The man and woman, both in their 60s, are suspected of causing the death through negligence, police said. They were arrested on Thursday evening and a court decided to release them on Friday under “restrictive conditions of house arrest” for five days.

The incident happened during a private party the couple hosted at their home in the town of Karmi Yosef, 40 km southeast of the city of Tel Aviv.

Cellphone video of the scene shows floats and water being sucked into the bottom, center of the pool, as people sitting poolside shout in Hebrew. A man is seen approaching the chasm, slips and is almost pulled before falling back.

Israeli media reported that the owner had built the pool without proper permission, making the couple a suspect in death through negligence.
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Police said the 30-year-old deceased was found following a search mission involving Israel Police, emergency teams and the military.

Israeli media quoted witnesses as saying the party was attended by nearly 50 people, six of whom were in the pool, and also reported that the owner built the pool without proper permission.

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