Cops pulled a man’s body from the Harlem River in Manhattan on Wednesday morning — the third corpse recovered from waters around the city in as many days, authorities said.
Police responded to the banks of the Harlem River near 135th Street at about 10:45 a.m. after a passer-by called 911 to report an unconscious man in the water, authorities said.
They pulled the unidentified man out of the river and pronounced him dead at about 11:30 a.m., authorities said.
His cause of death was not immediately available, police said.
On Monday morning, a man’s body washed up in Mill Basin, Brooklyn, police said. And on Tuesday, a decomposed body was found in the Hudson River near Battery Park.
The grisly trend is likely caused by warming water temperatures, said Dr. Michael Baden, former chief medical examiner for New York City. The hotter temps cause bacteria in bodies to activate, releasing carbon dioxide and other gases that cause bodies to float, Baden said. “That’s why April and May are the months where a lot of bodies come to the surface, whether they’re homicides, suicides or even having a heart attack while swimming,” he said.
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