Authorities rescue baby floating on East River, baby dies at hospital

An NYPD boat near South Street Seaport

A baby boy died after he was pulled from the water near the Brooklyn Bridge on Sunday afternoon, an NYPD spokesperson said.

Authorities say the approximately eight-month-old child was spotted floating in the river near 89 South St. just after 2 p.m. The baby was wearing only a diaper as it bobbed face-up in the water. "I called 911. At that point I thought it was a doll", Mr. Campbell told the AP.

Unsure if someone else had gone in with the baby, rescue crews continued to search the water Sunday night. No parents or guardians were present at the scene.

The Associated Press says Monte Campbell's wife, Diana, first noticed the child. Campbell said that despite life-saving efforts, the infant had no pulse and was not breathing.

The baby was pronounced dead at New York-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital, the Times reported.

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It was just after 4 p.m. on a hot, sunny Sunday in NY when cops "climbed over a safety railing and picked up the infant, then brought him to the pedestrian walkway".

Campbell said he "walked out mid-thigh level" in the East River and retrieved the baby and started CPR.

The child's body didn't show signs of trauma, according to police.

The location near the South Street Seaport on the heavily-trafficked East River, a tidal estuary subject to strong currents, divides Manhattan from Brooklyn.

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