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Man dies after falling into NYC’s East River trying to catch volleyball 

Man, 36, dies after falling into New York’s East River while trying to catch a volleyball

  • The 36-year-old man fell over a fence into the water at Domino Park in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood on Wednesday just after 6.30pm
  • NYPD scuba divers and at least five police boats scoured the water for at least an hour before the victim’s unresponsive body was found 
  • The man, whose identity hasn’t been released, was pronounced dead after being retrieved from the water 
  • Witnesses at the scene say the man looked like he had been jumping to try and catch a volleyball at the time 
  • The man was spotted running and appeared to reach out just before he crashed into a waist-high fence, flipped over it and fell head-first into the water 

A 36-year-old man has died after falling into New York City‘s East River while trying to catch a volleyball. 

The man fell over a fence into the water at Domino Park in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood on Wednesday just after 6.30pm. 

Dozens of first responders, including NYPD scuba divers and at least five police boats, scoured the water for at least an hour before the victim’s unresponsive body was found. 

The 36-year-old man died after falling over a fence into the water at Domino Park in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood on Wednesday just after 6.30pm. Dozens of police and scuba divers responded to the scene

After a scuba diver eventually located the victim, the NYPD’s harbor unit helped navigate the man’s body to a nearby dock.

He was taken to Brooklyn Hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

Police have not yet released his identity.  

Witnesses at the scene say the man looked like he had been jumping to try and catch a volleyball that was thrown by a group playing on an adjacent grassed area.

The man was spotted running and appeared to reach out just before he crashed into the waist-high fence that leads to the water.

Dozens of first responders, including NYPD scuba divers and at least five police boats, scoured the water for at least an hour before the victim's unresponsive body was found

Dozens of first responders, including NYPD scuba divers and at least five police boats, scoured the water for at least an hour before the victim’s unresponsive body was found

After a scuba diver eventually located the victim, the NYPD's harbor unit helped navigate the man's body to a nearby dock

Witnesses at the scene say the man looked like he had been jumping to try and catch a volleyball at the time

Witnesses at the scene say the man looked like he had been jumping to try and catch a volleyball at the time. The man was spotted running and appeared to reach out just before he crashed into a waist-high fence, flipped over it and fell head-first into the water. Cops are pictured looking over the fence where the man fell into the water 

He flipped over the fence and fell head-first into the water, according to witnesses. 

Those at the scene who rushed over to the fence say they never saw the man resurface.   

Hundreds of people, including families with small children, were picnicking on the grassed area at the time.  

It wasn’t immediately clear if the victim was part of the volleyball match that was being played.

After a scuba diver eventually located the victim, the NYPD's harbor unit helped navigate the man's body to a nearby dock. He was taken to Brooklyn Hospital where he was pronounced dead

After a scuba diver eventually located the victim, the NYPD’s harbor unit helped navigate the man’s body to a nearby dock. He was taken to Brooklyn Hospital where he was pronounced dead

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