Palm Beach Detectives Investigating Death of Diver off Juno Beach

JUNO BEACH, FL – Detectives from the Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office Violent Crimes Division are investigating the death of a Georgia resident. According to police, a charter boat captain from Jupiter Dive Center requested assistance from the Coast Guard regarding a diver in distress. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officers responded and the man who was found to be ‘unresponsive’ was placed on their boat and subsequently transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office detectives assumed the investigation and learned the male diver did not indicate any signs of distress when he surfaced from the water, although when he swam back to the boat, climbed up the ladder, and boarded the boat, he then stood up and collapsed, striking his head on the deck floor.

The diver was identified as James Ligon, of Kennesaw, Georgia.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officers respond to disasters and search and rescue missions. This investigation is ongoing.

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