CONNERY, Dean Alden (1932-1958)[SS#571-40-4944], drowned SCUBA diving at Santa Catalina Island on July 20, 1958. He was 26 years old.
Connery is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, CA.
In the News~
July 21, 1958 [San Bernardino County Sun]: “Man disappears while skin diving. Long Beach — A man disappeared while skin diving Sunday off the west side of Catalina Island, and the Coast guard presumed he drowned. The victim's companions said they became alarmed when bubbles from his oxygen tank quit breaking the surface. They said they were unable to attempt a rescue at the depth because they had no oxygen tanks aboard their boat, the Marden. A sports fishing craft notified the Coast Guard, which flew county life guards to the scene. But efforts to locate the missing man were unsuccessful. The victim was identified as Dean Connery, 22, of 1775 E. 105th St., Los Angeles.”
July 21, 1958 [Valley Times]: “A county lifeguard diving team searched unsuccessfully for six hours yesterday for the body of Dean Connery, 22, of Watts, after he dived overboard from the sports fishing boat Marden in 60 feet of water on the west side of Santa Catalina Island. Companions on the boat became alarmed when bubbles from Connery's oxygen tank stopped appearing on the surface. They called for help when they couldn't find the skin diver. Mickey O'Brien and John Kunkel of the county lifeguard station at Redondo Beach were flown to the area by a Coast Guard helicopter, but failed to recover the swimmer's body.”
July 21, 1958 [Blade Tribune]: “Skin diver disappears off Catalina. Los Angeles—A skin diver was believed drowned Sunday as warm temperatures lured thousands of Southern Californians to beaches...Dean Connery, 22, Watts, disappeared in 60 feet of water while diving on the west side of Santa Catalina Island. Other divers and two life guards searched for his body for six hours before giving up.”