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A 74-year-old Gold River man collecting crabs drowns when his waders fill with water

A 74-year-old Sacramento man drowned collecting crabs Saturday at Point Reyes National Seashore in California when water filled his waders after a wave presumably knocked him down, officials say.
A 74-year-old Sacramento man drowned collecting crabs Saturday at Point Reyes National Seashore in California when water filled his waders after a wave presumably knocked him down, officials say. The Associated Press file 2013

A 74-year-old man digging for sand crabs alone Saturday on a beach at Point Reyes National Seashore in California had his back to the water when a wave may have knocked him down, a Marin County coroner’s report says.

The bib-style waders worn by Ki Chun Kim of Gold River, near Sacramento, filled with water, preventing him from getting back to dry land, the report says. Friends with whom he had been fishing found Kim floating face-down in the surf a short time later.

Firefighters and a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter performing training nearby responded to South Beach after Kim’s friends called 911 at 10:54 a.m., the coroner’s office reported.

A Coast Guard rescue swimmer from the helicopter retrieved Kim from the ocean and brought him to the beach, where rescuers began CPR. The helicopter then airlifted him to an ambulance in the parking lot, the coroner’s report says.

Kim was pronounced dead at the scene just after noon, the office reported. An investigation into his death continues.

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Don Sweeney has been a newspaper reporter and editor in California for more than 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter based at The Sacramento Bee since 2016.
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