Man drowns at Point Reyes when fishing waders fill with water

A 74-year-old man drowned while fishing at South Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore on Saturday.

Ki Chun Kim of Gold Beach was digging for sand crabs alone on the beach with his back to the water when he presumably was knocked into the water by a wave, according to a statement from the Marin County Coroner’s Office.

Kim was wearing bib-type waders that filled with water, preventing him from returning to the shoreline.

When Kim’s friends returned to the beach from a parking area, they found him face down and unresponsive in the surf. “Attempts to rescue the subject met with negative results,” the Coroner’s Office reports.

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The sheriff’s office responded to the report of a drowning at 11:54 a.m. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter was in the area completing training and was immediately diverted to the scene.

A U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer was deployed from the helicopter and brought Kim’s body to the shoreline.

The helicopter delivered Kim’s body to the South Beach parking area where paramedics performed additional medical aid to no avail.

A forensic post mortem examination and toxicology testing have been scheduled for Tuesday.

This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Man-drowns-at-Point-Reyes-when-fishing-waders-13828378.php.

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