Body of drowning victim recovered from Hudson


COLD SPRING – The body of a man who drowned in the Hudson River off Cold Spring late Tuesday afternoon was recovered by divers some two hours later.
Rafael Cubano, 46, of 47 Wesley Avenue in Beacon was with a group of relatives and friends at Little Sandy Beach in the Hudson Highland State Park when he went swimming. There were no lifeguards assigned to that area.
According to companions who were swimming with Cubano, he became separated
from the others by the strong river currents, became distressed and went
under before they could reach him.  A witness called 911 on his cell
phone and sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene where river
and shoreline searches began.
At 6:47 p.m., members of the Mahopac Falls Fire Department Dive Team recovered Cubano’s body about 150 feet from shore in a depth of about four feet of water.
The Putnam County Coroner’s Office pronounced the victim dead and ordered an autopsy.