Police ID man killed while fishing in RI

Beavertail rocks are a popular fishing spot in Jamestown.

A Massachusetts man was found dead after he was swept away by waves while fishing on rocks at Beavertail State Park in Jamestown on Wednesday.

Police identified the victim as 57-year-old Hok Ly of Lowell, Massachusetts.

Police said they received a call at about 7:15 a.m. that a man had fallen into the water. Officers responded along with members of the Jamestown Fire Department.

A short time later, Ly's body was recovered from the heavy surf along the rocky and steep shoreline. He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was transported to the state medical examiner's office.

Jamestown police said the man was fishing with a friend and lost his footing and fell into the heavy surf.

"Part of the tropical storm coming up along the coast has definitely caused some heavy surf (Wednesday) morning and made it for difficult conditions along with rocks," said Chief Edward Mello of the Jamestown Police Department.

The effects of Tropical Storm Bertha lingering over the Atlantic were causing super-sized swells, and creating super-sized danger.

"Those waves will come inbound and knock you off your feet where you thought the previous wave did not. Those are called rogue waves," said Richard Savaria, a dive expert.

Savaria is a dive master from North Smithfield and has years of experience. He said even for him, people need to be cautious.

"The water always wins. You have to go with it. You have to be knowledgeable about it," Savaria said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.