A South Korean student drowned in the water off of Front Beach during a day trip to Rockport on Sunday.
Si Jae Kim, 22, a student at the English Language Center in Boston, was reported first as missing by two of his fellow students, according to Steve O’Connell, spokesperson for the Essex County District Attorney. Kim was visiting Rockport as part of a group of seven, according to O’Connell.
Upon receiving the call, Rockport police Sgt. Robert Tibert and Officer Michael Soares immediately called the harbormasters and dispatched officers to the beach, O’Connell said. Soares climbed to the third floor of a nearby house, and using binoculars, was able to locate Kim’s body in the harbor, O’Connell said.
Soares guided the harbormasters’ boat, driven by Harbormaster Rosemary Lesch, to the body, and Harbormaster Scott Story retrieved Kim’s body from the water, according to O’Connell.
There was no indication of foul play, according to O’Connell. The manner of Kim’s death will be determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Boston. Officials have notified Kim’s family in South Korea of his death.
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