University of California, Davis

Kenneth Eum

UC Davis grad student drowns in Massachusetts

Published: Wednesday, Jun. 25, 2014 - 12:15 pm

A graduate student at UC Davis drowned Sunday afternoon in Provincetown, Mass., on Cape Cod.

Kenneth Eum, 26, was working for the summer as a teaching assistant in a neurobiology course for advanced graduate students and postdoctoral researchers at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., said Pamela Hinkle, the lab’s director of external relations.

At UC Davis, Eum was a researcher with Jon Sack in the physiology and membrane biology department, lab president and director Joan Ruderman wrote in an email to staff on Monday.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragedy,” Ruderman wrote. “Our thoughts are with Ken’s family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time.”

Michael O’Keefe, district attorney for the Cape and Island District, oversees the state police who investigated Eum’s death. O’Keefe said Eum was swimming with friends from the lab when they noticed he was no longer visible. They searched for him in the water and pulled him to shore, where Provincetown police arrived at 1:42 p.m. He was pronounced dead in the ambulance.

O’Keefe said there was nothing particularly unusual about the conditions in the area where Eum was swimming. O’Keefe said, however, that the beach is at the end of the cape, a spot where cross currents converge.

Ruderman wrote that the lab’s flag would be lowered in Eum’s memory.

Call The Bee’s Isabelle Taft, (916)-321-1101.

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