Baby boy dies after tourists find him floating in water near Brooklyn Bridge

NEW YORK, New York (WPIX) -- A baby boy died after he was pulled from the water near the Brooklyn Bridge on Sunday afternoon, an NYPD spokesperson said.

Tourists from Oklahoma had seen the boy around 4 p.m. and Monte Campbell went into the water to get him out, his wife said.

"You could see its little legs just floating and his head was in the water," Diana Campbell said. "My husband was like 'I have to go in.'"

He waded into the water and used a stick to help him grab the baby, then performed CPR until officers arrived on scene, Campbell said.

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FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2018, file photo, a New York Police Department officer stands guard as authorities investigate the death of a baby boy who was found floating in the East River near the Brooklyn Bridge in the Manhattan borough of New York. A Bronx father hopped a plane to Thailand after carrying his dead 7-month-old baby around New York City in a backpack and tossing the boy's body into the river and other tourist hotspots, police said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Robert Bumsted, File)
James Currie appears in Manhattan criminal court during his arraignment, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, in New York. Currie is accused of throwing the lifeless body of his son, Mason Saldana, into the East River near the Brooklyn Bridge last Sunday. A tourist spotted the child's diaper-clad body and waded into the water to retrieve it. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
James Currie appears in Manhattan criminal court during his arraignment, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, in New York. Currie is accused of throwing the lifeless body of his son, Mason Saldana, into the East River near the Brooklyn Bridge last Sunday. A tourist spotted the child's diaper-clad body and waded into the water to retrieve it. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Attorney Norman Williams, left, speaks to James Currie during his arraignment in Manhattan criminal court, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, in New York. Currie is accused of throwing the lifeless body of his son, Mason Saldana, into the East River near the Brooklyn Bridge last Sunday. A tourist spotted the child's diaper-clad body and waded into the water to retrieve it. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
James Currie appears in Manhattan criminal court during his arraignment, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, in New York. Currie is accused of throwing the lifeless body of his son, Mason Saldana, into the East River near the Brooklyn Bridge last Sunday. A tourist spotted the child's diaper-clad body and waded into the water to retrieve it. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Attorney Norman Williams is surrounded by reporters after the arraignment of his client, James Currie, in Manhattan criminal court, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, in New York. Currie is accused of throwing the lifeless body of his son, Mason Saldana, into the East River near the Brooklyn Bridge last Sunday. A tourist spotted the child's diaper-clad body and waded into the water to retrieve it. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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Police climbed over the safety railing to retrieve the baby, then brought him to the pedestrian walkway where they performed CPR, officials said. The baby was rushed to the hospital where he died.

The baby's parents were not on scene. Police believe the boy was less than a year old and said there were no visible signs of trauma

No identifying information was immediately available for the child. It is not yet clear how long the baby boy had been in the water, but Campbell noted there was a backpack floating in the water near the child.

The NYPD Harbor Unit was on scene afterward, searching for any additional victims. They've asked anyone with information on the baby to call the 1st Precinct Detectives or 1-800-577-TIPS.

 

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