The Florida Fish and Wild Life Commission are investigating the death of a male diver that occurred Tuesday early afternoon in North Palm Beach. Per reports, Luis Alberto Gorgonio-Ixba was working on a 164-foot Westport yacht docked at Old Port Cove Marina cleaning the vessel’s hull when a forward thruster was turned on pulling him face-first when the propellers were engaged. Details of the accident are not yet known and investigators are in the process of gathering witnesses statements. At this time, Mr. Gorgonio-Ixba’s death has been ruled an accident but the investigation is still underway.
According to an anonymous caller who contacted the Palm Beach Post, she saw Coast Guard boats and other emergency workers rushing to the scene. Then a man dove into the water and came up a few minutes later yelling”I’ve got him, I’ve got him.”
Mr. Gorgonio-Ixba was a resident of West Palm Beach and was originally from Mexico. He is survived by two young daughters. We extend our deepest sympathies to Mr. Gorgonio-Ixba’s family and loved ones.
As more details are learned and released we will update this story.