Bushnell, FL (AP) - A blast team supervisor is trapped
underwater and feared dead after the ground gave way at a central
Florida limerock mine.
Authorities say 35-year-old Kenneth Stephens Jr., of Beverly
Hills, Fla., approached a lime pit Thursday after a routine blast
at the Mazak Mine in Bushnell, about 50 miles northwest of Orlando.
He was about 30 feet from the blast area when the ground gave way
and he collapsed into the lime pit.
A pontoon boat has been lowered into the pit by a crane but
rescue workers have been unable to find Stephens.
Rescuers plan to build a berm around the area and will begin
trying to excavate the site.
Authorities say Stephens works for a subcontractor and had taken
part in over 1,000 blasts.
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