Man Drowns Near Teller’s Point

Yesterday, around 10:45 a.m. 47-year-old Alex DeSouza of Brooklyn is believed to have drowned while swimming in the Hudson River off Croton Point Park. According to sources, two cousins and a friend had rented a cabin at Croton Point Park and had arrived too early to check in. They decided to head down to the Hudson and go fishing when DeSouza waded into the water. He was approximately 150 yards out into the river, at the southernmost area of the park, known as Tellers Point when he disappeared from view. A spokesperson for the Westchester County police noted swimming is prohibited at the point and said the current is “known to be strong”. While first responders used sonar to try and locate the victim, a county helicopter and dive teams from the Yorktown Heights and Mahopac Falls fire departments were among the crews participating in the search. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino told reporters late Tuesday afternoon that divers had left the water for the day and would return Wednesday morning. The county police boat would remain in the water surveying the area. Astorino noted that the Hudson River “Can go from a level elevation to a drop quickly”. He pointed out that from the shore yesterday they could see the water at the point churning, suggesting a strong current.   The investigation is ongoing and the river search will continue this morning.

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