For Immediate Release - August 07, 2012

South Korean Man Is Apparent Drowning Victim In Rockport

Si Jae Kim, 22, a South Korean student attending the English Language Center in Boston, apparently drowned off Front Beach in Rockport yesterday afternoon.  He was among seven students who had traveled from the center yesterday to visit Rockport.

Rockport Police received a phone call at 6:18 p.m. yesterday from the desk clerk at the Captain’s Bounty Motor Inn, after two of Mr. Kim’s fellow students told her that Mr. Kim was missing.  Sgt. Robert Tibert and Officer Michael Soares responded to the scene and immediately called the harbormaster.

Officer Soares ran to a nearby house and climbed to the third floor on an outside staircase.  Using binoculars he was able to spot Mr. Kim’s body in the water and used his radio to guide the harbormaster to the location.

There were no visible marks on Mr. Kim’s body or any indication of foul play.  The exact cause and manner of death will be determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Boston.

Mr. Kim had entered the water sometime after 4:15 p.m. to catch up to two classmates who were swimming out to a platform off the beach.  He had previously told a fellow student that he could not swim very well in deep water.  The two swimmers reported they never saw Mr. Kim.

All of the members of the party assumed that Mr. Kim was somewhere else on the beach or had left the area.  As they were preparing to leave the beach they noticed Mr. Kim’s belongings were still on the beach.  They quickly realized that the last place that anyone saw him was swimming approximately 15 yards offshore.  Two of the students then ran to the Captain’s Bounty Motor Inn and the desk clerk called police. 

The case is being investigated by Rockport Police and State Police detectives assigned to the Office of Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett.