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Man dies after being pulled from water near Lantana Bridge

Search for missing man off Lantana Bridge. (WPEC)

A deadly day on the water.

A fisherman drowned in the Intracoastal on Monday. Now, the question is what went wrong.

First responders pulled 41-year-old Jin Bo Qui's body out of the water here off Sportsman’s Park near the Lantana Bridge.

A spokeswoman for the Palm Beach County Sheriff's office said a fisherman jumped into the water from the pier to retrieve his cast net and never surfaced.

Divers with West Palm Beach Fire rushed to the scene to help.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Patrick Gagliardi said.

Gagliardi watched as first responders tried saving the fisherman.

“He has been gone for at least 45 minutes maybe longer,” he said.

The tragic scene unfolded in front of dozens of onlookers.

“I have never seen any sort of emergency response at this location,” Gagliardi said.

Crews found the man after searching for 30 minutes and brought him to shore. He later died at JFK Hospital, authorities said.

Gagliardi, who was watching from along the seawall, said the strong currents posed some challenges for first responders using this paddle board.

“He could not swim against the current," he said. "He had to get picked up by the police boat."

West Palm Beach Fire Rescue, Lantana Police, and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue all responded.

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They searched the waterway looking for any signs of life.

Gagliardi, who was watching from along the seawall, said the strong currents posed some challenges for first responders using this paddle board.

“He could not swim against the current. He had to get picked up by the police boat,” Gagliardi said.

Almost an hour later, divers pulled the man out of the water. First responders then wheeled him to an ambulance as they performed compressions on the man.

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