Police are investigating the circumstances that left a body floating in the Gowanus Canal yesterday.

According to the New York Daily News, a man's body was seen near the Union St. Bridge around 3 p.m. Police were forced to use a hoist that was mounted on a truck to lift the body out of the water.

The identity of the victim, described as a black male wearing a blue sweatshirt and grey sweatpants, has not been released. 

An autopsy will be conducted by the medical examiner's office to determine the exact cause of death.

[via New York Daily News]

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