New Milford police dive team recovered the body of a man who drowned in the Housatonic River on Tuesday afternoon.
The incident occurred shortly before 3 p.m. in the area of Pickett District Road.
Officials said the victim was identified as 34-year-old Xavier Puin of Brooklyn, New York
Pole said Puin was swimming with his family when he went under the water. Puin's family told police that he was swimming well before he went under the water for an unknown reason.
"The tip we got from the bystanders were they were swimming off shore, he had trouble swimming, he bobbed up and down a few times and the relatives could not see him anymore. That's when the relatives called 911 and we got dispatched," said Chief Todd Russell, of the Water Witch Hose #2 Fire Department.
Puin's body was recovered by the dive team around 5:30 p.m.
Bob Larmore has been fishing in that area of the river for the last 30 years and he said that section of the river can be a dangerous place to swim.
"I've seen a couple of people that drowned where unfortunately they got hung up in the undertow," Larmore said.
Police have not said if the undertow impacted Puin, but investigators said the tragedy is a grim reminder that no one can be too careful out on the water.
"Swim where we have lifeguards and swim in the area where you know, and be aware of your surroundings," Russell said.
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