New York man drowns in Housatonic River in New Milford

NEW MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A New York man has died after he went underwater and did not come back up in the Housatonic River on Tuesday.

According to New Milford Police, they received a call at around 2:30 p.m. with reports of a possible drowning on the banks of the river near 11 Pickett District Road.

Officials learned that 34-year-old Xavier Puin of Brooklyn, New York, was swimming with his family at the river. The family told officials that Puin appeared to be swimming okay before he went underwater for an unknown reason. Divers  recovered Puin’s body at approximately 5:30 p.m.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner responded to the scene and will be conducting the investigation.

The New Milford Police Dive Team, Water Witch Fire Department, DEEP, New Milford Ambulance with Paramedic, Stratford Police Helicopter Eagle 1, Newtown Underwater Search and Rescue (NUSAR) and resources in the search and rescue K9 team responded to the incident.

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