Florida man killed after using metal pole to get pigeon off power line, deputies say

Florida man killed after using metal pole to get pigeon off power line, deputies say
Deputies from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office found Elian Garvia Rivera around 3 p.m. (Source: Pexels)

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (Gray News) - A 35-year-old Florida man lost his life Saturday while trying to retrieve a pigeon he cared for from a power line.

Deputies from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office found Elian Garcia-Rivera around 3 p.m. They told The Palm Beach Post he used a 20-foot aluminum pool pole to try and move his bird, but accidentally touched the live power line.

The shock threw him to the ground between a large pigeon coop and a fence.

Paramedics transported him to a local hospital where he passed away.

"There are no words to say,” according to a man who identified himself as Garcia-Rivera’s brother Julian, but wouldn’t give his full name. “We never knew something like this could happen.”

Garcia-Rivera is survived by two young daughters. Julian told local media he has another brother who lives in Cuba.

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