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Video: Man’s Body Recovered from Harlem Meer in Central Park after Drowning

A body bag lies along the shore of the Harlem Meer/Upper East Site
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MANHATTAN – A man’s body was recovered from the waters of the Harlem Meer in Central Park just before 7:00 pm Saturday night after calls to 911 to report a drowning, FDNY officials told Upper East Site tonight. 

Police investigate drowning reported at the Harlem Meer
Police investigate drowning reported at the Harlem Meer/Upper East Site

A black plastic body bag was seen laying with the dirt and rocks along the shoreline of the Meer—  the unfortunate man, who hasn’t been identified, lost his life and was zipped up inside— as an NYPD detective arrived to investigate the circumstances of this apparent drowning, gather evidence and take statements in the case. 

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An NYPD dive team was seen packing up its gear after their recovery mission in the murky waters of the Harlem Meer near the East 110th Street entrance to Central Park just west of Fifth Avenue– the team brought the man’s body back to shore after it was found floating in the water by a witness minutes earlier.

Police investigate drowning reported at the Harlem Meer
Police investigate drowning reported at the Harlem Meer/Upper East Site

The mission for first responders unfolded this evening as families gathered for celebrations on this summer afternoon just steps from the scene of this tragedy– some shaken up, others unfazed by the commotion.

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Late tonight, the NYPD told Upper East Site there appears to be no foul play involved in today’s apparent drowning and the Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

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