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California Man Drowns In Ocean

Point Reyes National Seashore

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On Saturday, July 7th, Rim Kyu Lee, a 72-year old man from Rodeo, California, fell from a steep rock formation into the ocean near McClures Beach. He was reported alive and in the water by friends and witnesses who called 911 but were unable to reach him due to steep slippery terrain. Ground, air and water resources were dispatched for a water rescue. Rangers and NPS fire personnel who arrived on scene by foot and in a rescue vessel found Lee floating motionless and face down in the water. Responders could not reach the cove by vessel, and heavy fog prevented a helicopter recovery. The recovery was further complicated by significant outgoing currents, hazardous terrain, and sea conditions. Eventually, swell and current pushed Lee’s body back into the cove and in view of rangers and rescue personnel who were able to retrieve him. Rangers and NPS fire personnel worked closely with Marin County Fire Department personnel, Marin County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue personnel, and the U.S. Coast Guard. The investigation is being conducted by rangers and the Marin County Coroner’s Office.



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