Brooklyn man believed drowned in Hudson River
A man who went missing in the Hudson River Tuesday has been identified as a Brooklyn resident, according to Westchester police, who continued to search for his body Wednesday.
Investigators say they believe Alex DeSouza drowned at Croton Point Park in Croton-On-Hudson.
Westchester County's Police Marine Unit deployed to the area to scour the riverbed for traces of the 47-year-old.
DeSouza disappeared about 150 yards away from the Hudson shore Tuesday morning. Divers and sonar teams spent around five hours on the water before suspending the search due to nightfall.
DeSouza and two friends were renting a cabin at the park. They went down to the shore around 11 a.m. to go fishing Tuesday morning, police say.
The missing man went for a swim in strong currents and did not return to shore.
Park officials say swimming is not allowed in many areas, but warning signs are routinely torn down by vandals. Workers were out Wednesday posting new signs near the site of DeSouza's disappearance.
Tom McCormack, a regular visitor to the park, says he hopes the vandalism will ebb in the wake of DeSouza's death in order to prevent future tragedies.
"If they say no swimming, there must be a reason they say no swimming," McCormack says.