Man's Drowning Near Wharf Ruled Accidental

By Bay City News: 

The drowning of a San Jose man near the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf on Feb. 1 has been ruled accidental, according to the sheriff's office.

 Ryan Kim, 31, for unknown reasons, went into the water under the wharf fully clothed and then struggled to stay afloat before drowning, Santa Cruz County sheriff's Deputy Ryan Kennedy said.

 "It looked like he was trying to hang on to one of the pylons" beneath the wharf, Kennedy said. His body was found at about 1 p.m. on Feb. 1.

 The coroner's office concluded that Kim did not commit suicide and that his death was accidental, Kennedy said.

 "We don't know why he was in the water, but his drowning was not intentional," Kennedy said, adding that Kim had arrived in the wharf area alone earlier that day. "No one saw him enter the water."

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