(July 13, 2018) Assateague Island National Seashore spokeswoman Liz Davis confirmed the identity of the body recovered about 300 yards offshore on July 4 as Dongjin Hong, 36, of New Haven, Connecticut.

Davis said the medical examiner’s office advised her the death had been ruled an accidental drowning.

Several agencies responded to a 911 call around 6:40 p.m. on Independence Day reporting a body face down in the water off North Ocean Beach at the national seashore.

It is not known when Hong entered the water. Assateague Island National Seashore is patrolled by lifeguards between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. seven days per week. The state park has guards on patrol from 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., with an additional guard patrolling on an ATV until 7 p.m.

North Ocean Beach is the area adjacent to the entrance area to the federal park.

Hong’s body was found and recovered about an hour later, following a search by the National Park Service, Berlin EMS, Natural Resources Police and Assateague lifeguards on all-terrain vehicle patrols.

The Natural Resources Police, searching by boat, located and retrieved Hong’s body.

Brian has covered every municipality in Worcester at one time or another, and is one of the longest serving reporters in the region. He covers just about everything. He lives in Snow Hill with his wife, Lora, and two sons, Julian and Grady.

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