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Dead body found floating in Gowanus Canal following floods

NYPD Harbor Unit pulled a dead body out of the Gowanus Canal in Sunset Park on Thursday afternoon.
Photo by Jessica Parks

Police found a dead body floating in the Gowanus Canal outside of a cement factory on Thursday afternoon.

Both the NYPD and FDNY responded to reports of a drowning at 25th Street and Third Avenue at 12:46 pm on Sept. 2 — and, at 1:10 pm, pulled a man in his 40s out of the water.

The report was made by employees of Lafarge Building Material, who spotted the man.

The victim, still wearing his black baseball cap with his arms stuck straight, was pulled out of the water by the NYPD Harbor Unit and pronounced dead on arrival, within the confines of the 72nd Precinct.

While police said there is no definitive cause of death as of yet, the timing suggests the fatality could be storm-related.

Hurricane Ida, which inundated parts of New York City Wednesday night, has claimed at least a dozen lives across the Five Boroughs as of Thursday afternoon.

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