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

Deputies from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office found Elian Garvia Rivera around 3 p.m. (Source: Pexels)
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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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