JERUSALEM — Israeli police said Friday they have placed a couple under house arrest, a day after a man who attended a party at their villa died. absorbed into a cavity It formed at the bottom of their swimming pool.
A man and a woman in their sixties are suspected of causing the death due to negligence, police said. They were arrested on Thursday night and the court decided to release them on Friday “under house arrest restrictions” for five days.
The incident happened during a private party held by the couple at their home in Karmi Yosef, 25 miles southeast of Tel Aviv.
Mobile phone video from the scene showed floats and water being absorbed in the middle of the pool, as people sitting on the edge of the pool shouted in Hebrew. A man is seen approaching a sinkhole, slipping and almost being pulled in before he retreats.
A 30-year-old man was found dead following a search involving Israeli police, emergency teams and the military, police said.
Israeli media quoted witnesses as saying that approximately 50 people attended the party, six of whom were in the pool, and reports that the homeowner built the pool without a proper license.