DEATHS: SANTA BARBARA ISLAND

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19th CENTURY DEATHS

  • 1862 John Coats, Englishman thrown from a sealing boat by the surf and drowned July 10.


20th CENTURY DEATHS

  • 1962 James W. Buckner (51), drowned while skin diving at Santa Barbara Island on November 3.
  • 1962 Walter H. Thomas (57), drowned while skin diving at Santa Barbara Island on November 29.
  • 1965 August J. Kaferata (45), drowned skin diving off the boat Molly Bee on December 4.
  • 1987 Patrick Paul McQuistion (24), drowned along with two others when his vessel Explorador, loaded with urchins, sank in heavy seas on December 15. Six were saved.
  • 1987 Kelly Ann Pace (27), drowned in the sinking of the Explorador on December 15.
  • 1987 3rd victim unnamed drowned in the sinking of the Explorador on December 15.


21st CENTURY DEATHS

  • 2013 Rick Hadley, (54) freediver drowned diving for lobsters on September 28.
  • 2017 Rita Ashman, (58) dived as a result of a diving accident at Santa Barbara Island on August 17.