A scuba diver was killed by a yacht propeller Tuesday morning at Old Port Cove Marina in North Palm Beach, Fla. The diver, identified Luis Alberto Gorgonio-Ixba of West Palm Beach, was in the water cleaning the bottom of M/Y Honey, a 164-foot Westport, when a forward bow thruster was turned on.
Witnesses said the diver was pulled in face-first when the propellers were engaged and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to local news station WPBF.
The incident is under investigation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. An FWC spokesperson said it is unclear whether the diver worked for the yacht owner or was a contractor.
“It is a tragedy,” said Sue Morgan, marketing director at Old Port Cove. “We offer our sincere condolences to the family of the diver, the crew and everyone involved.”