Industrial Accident at Eastern Shipbuilding


April 3, 2019


The Bay County Sheriff’s Office responded to Eastern Shipbuilding in the Allenton area of Bay County this morning to investigate a death.


BCSO Patrol deputies responded to find an employee of Belfor, a construction company contracted to do roof repair, had fallen through a roof and died at the scene.


BCSO Criminal Investigations responded to conduct a death investigation, which is done at any unattended death. Investigators believe the contractor was carrying sheet metal on the roof when he stepped on a skylight, falling about 30 feet to his death. No foul play is suspected at this time.


The victim was from Orlando and brought to Bay County to fix a roof damaged by Hurricane Michael at Eastern Shipbuilding. He has been identified as forty-three-year-old Darwin Soares, Jr.



Prepared by R. Corley

Information by Inv. B. Roberts

Approved by Chief J. Heape