UPDATE: Connecticut man identified after body found at Assateague Island National Seashore Park
Officials report an initial cause of death after they say a man's body was found in the water at a Maryland beach.
On Friday, the National Park Service says 36-year-old Dongjin Hong, of Hartford, CT, was identified after his body was found on Wednesday evening at Assateague Island National Seashore Park. Officials say around 6:40 PM, they responded to a report of a body floating face down in the water off of North Ocean Beach.
Parks officials say a multi-agency search resulted in the discovery of the man's body just before 7:35 PM, about 300 yards southeast of North Ocean Beach. According to the report, initial autopsy results state that the cause of death was drowning.
Officials released the following information regarding the Assateague Island National Seashore lifeguard protected swimming area at North Ocean Beach:
-The lifeguard protected swimming area is operation from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM seven-days a week.
-. The Assateague State Park lifeguard protected swimming area is in operation from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, with a lifeguard patrolling on an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) until 7:00 PM.
The National Park Service, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Berlin EMS, and ATV-patrolling Assateague State Park lifeguards were involved in the search at Assateague Island National Seashore Park.