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Police: Corpse found in East River next to Brooklyn Bridge Park

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Police found a man’s body floating in the water near Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 on Monday morning.

A caller reported a person in the East River at 6:20 am, police said. The Police Department’s Harbor Unit responded to the pier near the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Furman Street and found the man unconscious and unresponsive, cops said. Officers pulled the fellow, who appears to be in his 20s, ashore and pronounced him dead at the scene, according to law enforcement officials.

The medical examiner is trying to determine the man’s identity and how he died.

Pier 6 is situated at the end of the park closest to Cobble Hill, near the luxury condo building One Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The borough has seen three drowning incidents this summer, including a 3-year-old in Prospect Park who died in Prospect Park Lake, a 29-year-old who perished in the water off of in Coney Island, and a 21-year-old who was pulled out in a rip current during a drunken swim below the Williamsburg Bridge. The body of Williamsburg fashion designer Jay Ott, who went missing in March, was also found in the East River off the Williamsburg shore in May.

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260-8310. E-mail him at mperlman@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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