Deaths on the California Channel Islands
More than 350 historic deaths have occurred on the islands — by accidents, drownings, murders and suicides, and by unexpected health conditions. They are listed island by island, and cross-referenced alphabetically throughout ISLAPEDIA. Odd fatal accidents include death by rollerskating, landslide, carbon monoxide poisoning, horse accident, falling down an elevator shaft, falling off a cliff, being hit by a car or accidentally shot. The most common cause of death on an island is by accidental drowning (boat accident, SCUBA diving, free diving, swimming and snorkeling), followed by fatal aircraft accidents (plane, helicopter and derigible). Murders have been committed on Santa Catalina (5) and San Nicolas islands. Deaths by natural causes on Santa Catalina Island (City of Avalon) are not included.
CALIFORNIA CHANNEL ISLANDS: