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Grim Moment Diver Comes Across Dead Man Weighed Down By Stones On Riverbed

Story By:  Ana MarjanovicSub-EditorJoseph Golder, Agency:  Newsflash

This shocking video shows the moment a diver comes across the dead body of a man on the riverbed.

The deceased man, who was weighed down by stones tied to his waist, was found resting face-down at the bottom of the Barra da Tijuca canal in the upscale neighbourhood of the same name in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.

The grim discovery was made in the canal, which runs from the Tijuca Lagoon through the urban neighbourhood and out into to the sea.

Diver finds a body tied with stones at the bottom of a canal in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (CEN)

The footage filmed by the diver, who has not been identified, was shared on social media and swiftly went viral.

Officials from the Fire Department and the Military Police (Brazil’s preventive police force) were called to remove the body, which was then identified through fingerprints.

The corpse was found to belong to 28-year-old Felipe de Jesus Gomes, and the Civil Police (Brazil’s investigative police force) of Rio de Janeiro is now investigating the circumstances surrounding his death.

Diver finds a body tied with stones at the bottom of a canal in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (CEN)

Police chief Leandro Gontijo told local media that no obvious signs of violence were seen on the man’s body, and the post-mortem gave his cause of death as mechanical asphyxia caused by drowning.

It is not clear how long the young man had spent on the canal bed or if anyone had reported his disappearance.

Investigators from the Civil Police are now scouring CCTV footage from the area to try to catch anyone who may have been responsible for the man’s death.