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Authorities Identify Missing Man Who Fell Into the Ocean Near the Mendocino Headlands

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The following is a press release issued by the Ukiah Police Department. This has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:


A member of the Mendocino County Search and Resue team scanning the coastline for the missing man [Picture from the Mendocino County Search and Rescue Team Facebook page]

On 06-10-2023 at around 8:15 PM, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies, along with California State Parks Rangers and the Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department, were dispatched to a cliff fall victim in the area of Big River Beach, near the Township of Mendocino.  Deputies and allied agencies arrived and contacted a witness, who reported that he had witnessed an adult male, which Deputies believe to be Quinn Thomas Green, fall a great distance from the cliff and land in the Pacific Ocean below. Greene was last seen floating face down in the ocean and appeared unresponsive.

The Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department launched their small watercraft and began searching the area and were later joined by a US Coast Guard Station Noyo River 47′ Motor Lifeboat and a HH-65 Helicopter from US Coast Guard Airstation Humboldt Bay.  Greene was not located and search efforts were suspended, due to darkness. 

On the morning of 06-11-2023, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue volunteers arrived in the area and resumed searching for Greene.  A Search and Rescue Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (drone) was used to check multiple coves and crevasses that were impossible to access by SAR ground searchers.  The US Coast Guard also continued their aerial search with an HH-65 Helicopter from US Coast Guard Airstation Humboldt Bay.  At around 3:00 PM, after checking and clearing the coastline from the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse to Van Damme State Park, Greene was not located and search efforts were suspended.


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