Ruskin, Florida - The body of a construction worker who fell into a trench at the South County Wastewater Treatment Plant was recovered late Thursday night.
"With some regret we'd like to announce that we have located the body of Mr. Rose," said Deputy Chief Michael Guincho with Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.
John Rose and three other contract workers with a company called PCL Civil Construction, were walking in an area recently under construction when Rose fell into the soft soil.
A coworker grabbed his hand, but eventually lost the grip and Rose fell deeper in the ground and was buried in soil.
"[There's] speculation that with the local rain it may have caused some of the loose soil to shift," said Guincho.
Crews worked late into the evening - using vacuum trucks to remove the dirt that buried Rose alive.
"As we were vacuuming a certain area, we thought we had identified a body part. So we continued to work that area a little bit and indeed, it ended up being his shoulder," said Guincho.
Before the body was recovered, Hillsborough County Rescue maintained that this was a search and rescue effort, and facednumerous obstacles.
They used sensitive listening devices to determine whether Rose may have survived the ground collapse by use of an air pocket, or crawled into a 30 inch pipe that was buried at that location.
In fact, noise from vehicles on nearby interstate 75 became such a distraction, that the highway was closed and traffic was diverted so as not to disrupt the sensitive listening devices that were being used.
Rain was also a major issue while trying to locate Rose under the soft soil.
Rose, as a contractor with PCL Civil Construction, was working on an $80 million sewer plant expansion.
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