Updated 2:44 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2013
A man has died after fire rescue crews responded at the Port of Palm Beach in Riviera Beach today to investigate what was deemed a "chemical emergency" by the Palm Beach Post.
The man, who has not been identified, died of yet unknown causes after descending into the bottom part of a barge, which was at the port for construction, and did not resurface. He was discovered lying face down by another worker at the scene, according to Riviera Beach Police spokeswoman Rose Anne Brown. The situation is no longer attributed to chemicals as was initially thought.
Hazmat personnel were alerted to the situation at 11:11 a.m. and called to the port, which is near East 11th Street, East of Federal Highway, because it was believed the man had been overcome by fumes.
The man was not an employee of the Port of Palm Beach, and the owner of the barge has not been named. our attorneys offer their condolences to the family of the deceased.
Originally reported by Alex Seltzer of the Palm Beach Post