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Apr 13, 2010 5:39 PM

Santa Barbara drowning victim identified

The body found near Stearns Wharf has been identified as Jerry Ray Greene, 41, from Santa Barbara.

On Monday around 8 a.m., a person walking near Stearn's Wharf reporting seeing a body face down in the water.

Police and harbor patrol officers say the body was found fully-clothed, just west of the wharf.

According to the harbor patrol, on Sunday evening at 8 p.m., an orange inflatable skiff was found upside down in the surf line, east of the wharf. Officers say the skiff broke free from a larger boat anchored outside of the harbor.

Officers asked the boat's owner, Gerald McCullough, to recover the skiff. That's when McCullough called Jerry Greene, who had boating experience, to retrieve the skiff.

Around 10:15 p.m. the deflated skiff was found without a motor and floating unattended on the west side of the wharf.

Greene's body was found on the surf line the next morning.

Santa Barbara police say Sunday evening was very stormy with substantial rain, wind and rough surf.

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