Lillian Boyd, Dana Point Times

Orange County Sheriff’s Department received reports at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27 of a man who had fallen off a cliff near Cove Road and Dana Point Harbor Drive in Dana Point Harbor.

Both OCSD and Orange County Fire Authority responded to the incident. The man had a pulse when responders arrived at the scene, but he was deceased before he was airlifted from the area, according to authorities.

The OCSD Coroner’s Office identified the decedent as 53-year-old Derek Wilson.

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Mason Ming says he and his family were visiting Baby Beach from Redlands when he and his wife witnessed Wilson’s fall.

“My wife suddenly said, ‘He’s falling!’, and I turned around and saw the last part of his fall,” Ming said.

Ming called authorities at 9:27 a.m. Wilson was declared deceased at 9:48 a.m.

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