Victim identified in Poestenkill Gorge drowning

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UPDATE: TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Troy Police identified the victim in the fatal drowning that occurred Sunday evening at the Poestenkill Gorge.

Bubacarr Ceesay, 21, from the Bronx was identified Tuesday morning as the victim in the incident which resulted in his death.

At around 5:20 p.m. on Sunday, the police and fire department responded to a 911 call about a male who had been swimming in an unauthorized area, went underwater and did not resurface. Efforts were made to locate and rescue the man, but he could not be found.

The New York State Police Dive Team was then called in, and located the victim who was deceased.

The victim was at the gorge with at least one friend who remained on scene to assist emergency responders throughout the incident.

The police are withholding the victim’s identity until his friends and family have been notified.

Troy Police Chief Steve Baker said:

“Our thoughts are with this young man’s family and friends. Our members will work to ensure all those close to him are connected with appropriate victim resources.”

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