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Construction worker drowns in the Woodbury Lake community of Palm Beach Gardens

Neighbors said first responders swarmed the area to search the lake
Posted at 9:24 PM, Jun 19, 2024

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — A construction worker died after falling into a lake at the Gardens of Woodberry residential complex while working on repairing a pipe Wednesday.

Police in Palm Beach Gardens said they responded to the community at about 4:23 p.m.

When they arrived at the scene, fire rescue divers entered the water and retrieved the victim from the lake. The person was rushed to the hospital but later pronounced dead.

Police said the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was notified since it was a workplace incident.

Investigators said the victim's next of kin was notified but have not released their name.

Jordan Lee, who has lived in Woodberry for 25 years, said police and fire rescue officials swarmed the area.

"First thing I heard was the sirens, and they were loud," Lee said.

He and other neighbors said a group of construction workers had been repairing a pipe near the lake since Monday. Palm Beach Gardens police officers and Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue officials responded to the call.

"They got the divers to come," stated Lee. "Everybody was looking for him.”

Lee and several neighbors said situations like these are uncommon in their neighborhood.

Anyone with additional information related to the drowning is urged to contact police at 561-799-4445.