RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. - A man who died while working on a barge at the Port of Palm Beach has been identified as 56-year-old Russell Rivenburg of Loxahatchee, according to Rose Anne Brown, spokeswoman for Riviera Beach Police Department.
Fire rescue crews were initially dispatched to a call of a chemical emergency at approximately 11:10 a.m. They say they soon realized chemicals were not involved and it turned into a rescue situation.
"He's a maintenance worker who actually went into the hull of a ship to do maintenance or check on something and was unable to get out," said Julie Houston Trieste with the Port of Palm Beach.
Rivenburg worked for Shore Line Construction in Pembroke Pines, according to the Port's director..
Fire rescue crews went into a hull to rescue him. They say they found him face down.
"There are no chemicals involved. There's no threat to the community," Houston Trieste said.
In a statement released Thursday afternoon, Manuel Almira, executive director of the port, said, ""On behalf of everyone at the Port of Palm Beach, we offer our deepest condolences to the family of the gentleman who lost his life in today's accident.