Rescue crews find worker's body trapped in hole near at Ruskin construction site

RUSKIN, Fla. - Late Thursday night, crews found and identified a worker pulled underground at a construction site in Ruskin.

The victim has been identified as John Rose, a PCL Construction worker.

"With some regret, I would like to announce we've located the body of Mr. Rose," said Mike Guincho, Deputy Chief of Operations for Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.

Through the dark, rainy night, HCFR crews tried to rescue Rose, who was trapped under about six to eight feet of sand/dirt at the South County Wastewater Treatment Plant. 
 
It took crews about eight hours to locate Rose.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.
 
"Speculation was with local rains, it may have caused some of the loose soil to shift," said Guincho.
 
Rose had been working at the site as part of an $80 million expansion project. 
 
Officials believe he was walking along an underground pipeline when the ground beneath him simply gave way.
 
"The other person saw him go into the hole, held his hand for a few minutes then lost him," said HCFR Fire Chief Ron Rogers.
 
At one point, I-75 was shut down in both directions which allowed crews to use high intensity microphones to listen for any sign of life.
 
Rose's wife and mother-in-law waited on property as crews searched for him.
 
It wasn't until nightfall and after the rain finally eased up, crews realized their rescue mission would become a recovery.
 
Generators were used to power lights in the area and air monitoring devices have been set up to make sure rescue crews don't get sick from fumes.

Richard Hewitt, the area manager for PCL Construction, released the following statement through HCFR:

"We are aware there has been an incident on site and we are providing any assistance to the authorities involved. We are unable to provide details at this time."

HCSO and OSHA will be investigating this incident. 


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