Man electrocuted while trying to remove pigeon from power line

Elian Garcia-Rivera, 36, dies after aluminum pole makes contact with power line

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor, Associated Press
Associated Press

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A man who kept pigeons was electrocuted Saturday afternoon when he used a metal pole to remove one of his birds from a power line.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said Elian Garcia-Rivera, 36, was in the backyard of his home on Purdy Lane when he spotted one of his pigeons on a power line running above.

She said Garcia-Rivera got a 20-foot aluminum pole and tried to remove the bird, but he touched the power line and was electrocuted.

Garcia-Rivera was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

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