On Friday January 27, 2023, at approximately 6:10 PM, Mr. Koga reportedly entered the Tomales Bay on a kayak from the Lawson’s Landing campground to retrieve a crabbing cage after having been fishing with his friends during the day. At approximately 6:29 PM, Mr. Koga’s friend noticed he could not locate Mr. Koga’s kayak from his place on the shore. He was reported to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office to be missing while his other friends searched the bay waters for him.
An intensive search was completed by multiple first responders including the Marin County Fire Department, the Marin County Dive team, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office sUAS team, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, and the United States Coast Guard. Despite extensive search efforts the subject was not located, and search efforts were suspended.
Wednesday February 1, 2023, at approximately 4:15 PM, Mr. Koga was recovered by a volunteer aquatic search group, California Recovery Divers approximately100-yards from the shore of Lawson’s Landing. He was transported to the Lawson’s Landing Campground and death was confirmed by paramedics. The volunteer recovery group had been searching the Tomales Bay since early that morning.
Clinton Yoshio KOGA, a 39-year-old male from Brentwood, CA
A forensic postmortem examination with routine toxicology testing is being completed Friday February 3, 2023. The cause and manner of death will be pending the conclusion of the investigations being completed by the Marin County Sheriff’s Office and the Marin County Sheriff’s Office - Coroner Division. No further information will be released by the Coroner Division at this time, as this is an active and ongoing investigation. Any further questions regarding the incident should be directed to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office.
The Marin County Sheriff ‘s office and personnel of the Corner Division offer our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Koga, and our heartfelt gratitude to all searchers including the California Recovery Divers group bringing Mr. Koga home to his family.