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1856 '''Samuel Prentice''' died on the island and was buried at Johnson’s Landing (Emerald Bay.)
<big>'''NOTE: This list does not include those who died on the island in the 20th-21st centuries of natural causes in the City of Avalon (est. 1913). Murders occurred on the island  in 1902, 1927, 1934, 1989, 2001 and 2006.'''</big>


c. 1890 '''Nathaniel Parsons'''
 
'''19th CENTURY DEATHS'''
 
*1856 '''[[PRENTISS, Samuel|Samuel Prentice]]''' died on the island and was buried at Johnson’s Landing (Emerald Bay.)
1877 '''Edward W. Tittman''', brother of Otto H. Tittman, U. S. Coast Survey,  died of tuberculosis.
*1875    '''[[O'CONNELL, John Patrick|John Patrick O'Connell]]''' drowned at Santa Catalina Island.
 
*1877 '''[[TITTMANN, Eduard W.|Eduard W. Tittman]]''', brother of Otto H. Tittman, U. S. Coast Survey,  died of tuberculosis.
 
*1883 '''[[AH LIE|Ah Lie]]''' died in a fire caused by an opium pipe.
 
*1885      Two men died quarrying rock for the San Pedro breakwater [September 19, 1885 Los Angeles TImes]
 
*1887      '''[[BROWN, James|James Brown]]''', captain who drowned at Santa Catalina Island when a rough sea capsized his boat on November 30.
 
*1887      '''[[ANDERSON, Joseph|Joseph Anderson]]''', was drowned with Capt. James Brown when a rough sea capsized their boat on November 30.


1883 '''Ah Lie''' died in a fire caused by an opium pipe.
*1888 '''[[LUND, A.|A. Lund]]''' drowned at Santa Catalina Island, along with his brother and four friends, when their boat capsized on July 23.


1890 '''William O’Neill''', sailor from San Francisco drowned at the Isthmus in the wreck of the tug ''Alert''.
*1889    '''[[POCK, Laura E.|Laura E. Pock]]''' (17)  accidentally shot to death by Conrad S. Miller at his Avalon shooting  range. His gun accidentally discharged killing the girl in a nearby tent on June 10.


1891 '''James Downey''' (39), killed in a quarry landslide. [Loud Diary]
*1889 '''[[PARSONS, Nathaniel and Theophilus|Nathaniel Parsons]]'''


1902 '''William A. Yeager''', gambler and cardshark who was shot and killed at the Hotel Metropole August 13.
*1890 '''[[O'NEILL, WIlliam|William O’Neill]]''', sailor from San Francisco drowned at the Isthmus in the wreck of the tug ''Alert''.


1908 '''F. B. Giles''' (18), was found drowned in five feet of water on Aug. 17.
*1891 '''[[DOWNEY, James|James Downey]]''' (39), killed in a quarry landslide in May. [Loud Diary]


1917 '''James H. Whitley''', his body later identified, washed ashore at Descanso Bay November 13.  
*1891  '''[[RULE, Andrew|Andrew Rule]]''' (60), and '''[[URQUHART, Alex|Alex Urquhart]]''' (37), were lost in the wreck of the ''Fawn'' February 8.


1917 '''Henry L. Bauer''' (69), either drowned or committed suicide. Clothing left at Pebbly Beach on June 26.
*1892  '''[[SMITH, James A.|Dr. James A. Smith]]''' (31), died at Avalon June 13.  


1921 '''3 killed''' in a Curtiss Flying Boat, USN, that crashed into headland south of Avalon.
*1892  '''[[CHIFFLET, Mrs. Emil and infant|Mrs. Emil [Marie] Chifflet and her infant]]''' were burned to death in their tent fire July 4.


1921 '''[unnamed]''' killed in a Curtiss Flying Boat, USN, that crashed into headland south of Avalon.
*1892    '''[[CRUICKSHANK, James G.|James G. Cruickshank]]''' (15) died of typhoid fever at Avalon September 26.  


1921 '''[unnamed]''' killed in a Curtiss Flying Boat, USN, that crashed into headland south of Avalon.
*1893    '''[[POTTS, Andrew Wilson|A. W. Potts]]''' died at Avalon August 25.
1923 '''Lieut. W. H. Rohrback''' was killed in his F-5L-2 Seaplane on January 19.
1925 '''Edward Swanson''' (25), was killed at the rock quarry by a falling rock on December 4.  


1926 '''E. L. Roberts''' (50), was killed by a falling rock at the Black Jack Mine on February 11.
*1897  '''[[HUTCHINS, J. M.|J. M. Hutchins]]''' fell roller skating and died of a head injury.


1926 '''C. G. Davis''' was killed while filming off the Isthmus by a premature explosion of a cannon June 27.
*1899  '''[[PRESTON, James J.|James J. Preston]]''' was reported drowned over the summer.


1926 '''Mrs. E. B. Tyler''' was killed when Hugh G. Chaffe’s new 45-foot cruiser ''Una C'' exploded on July 4.


1926 '''Doris Riggins''' (2), was killed when Hugh G. Chaffe’s new 45-foot cruiser ''Una C'' exploded on July 4.
<span style="color:#FF0000">'''20th CENTURY DEATHS'''</span>


1926 '''Harley Miller''' (10), drowned while attending summer camp at Catalina Harbor on July 6.
*1901    '''[[CHESTER, Mrs. C.|Mrs. C. Chester]]''', died from a fall during a hike while on morphine August 2.


1926 '''David A. Finn''' disappeared from Hotel Hermosa and was believed to have drowned on Sept. 20.
*1901    '''[[SILVERIRA, Jose Ancelmo|Jose Anselmo Silverira]]''', apparently drowned when he fell from his fishing boat in July.


1927 '''Charles M. Collins''' (45), engineer killed when he fell down an elevator shaft at a local hotel on July 4.
*1902    '''[[Sophia Yacht Club, Santa Catalina Island|Sophia Tutt]]''' died while on a visit to the island. Her father, Charles I. Tutt, named the [[Sophia Yacht Club, Santa Catalina Island|Sophia Yacht Club]] after her in 1903.


1927 '''[Unidentified body]''' found shot to death near Seal Rocks in Dec.; murder was several months earlier.
*1902  '''[[Warrior II| S. F. Knight]]''' was swept from the deck of the ''Warrior'' and was drowned in May.


1929 '''Fred R. Haines''' (FIND ORIGINAL —May 15, 1929 islander cited May 18, 1939- 10 years ago-
*1902    '''[[MIEL, Percy F.|Percy F. Miel]] a.k.a. P. L. Turner''' died by seizure falling out of a rowboat at Avalon June 29.


1929 '''Charles R. German''' FIND ORIGINAL Feb. 9
*1902 '''[[YEAGAR, William|William A. Yeager]]''', gambler and card shark who was shot and killed at the Hotel Metropole August 13. First recorded island <span style="color:#FF0000">murder.</span>


1930 '''Humphrey Williams''' (50), threw himself in front of a ten-ton truck on the Pebbly Beach Road June 28.
*1902  '''[[PALMER, W. H.|W. H. Palmer]]''' of Houston, TX died suddenly on August 30 at the Hotel Metropole.


1931 January 14.  
*1902 '''[[SELIGSON, George|George Seligson]]''' (21), committed suicide by jumping into the bay from the end of the wharf October 3.


1931 '''Christiano Saldaña''' was beaten up and pushed down Monkeytown Hill, He broke his neck on the way down.
*1903  '''[[ATCHISON, Lucinda|Lucinda Atchison]]''' died at Avalon of a complication of asthma.


1931 '''Edwin W. Rogers''' (19), accidentally shot himself while goat hunting at the Isthmus on October 18.
*1903  '''[[MORICICH, Chappo|Chappo Moricich]]''' (19), drowned in Avalon Bay August 13.


1932 '''Walter Conrad''' (17), was accidentally killed by the discharge of a shotgun at Middle Ranch on July 11.
*1903  '''[[PITMAN, Baby|Baby Pitman]]''' (3 months) died in Avalon.


1933 '''George R. Baker''', Catalina Airline amphibian plane co-pilot, was killed taking off on Nov. 2.
*1903  '''[[STEVENS, Abbie|Abbie Stevens]]''' (5) died in Avalon.


1933 '''Elliott McFarlane Moore''' (31), Catalina Airline manager was killed in the amphibian plane accident on Nov. 2.
*1903  '''[[SHERMAN, Frank|Frank Sherman]]''' died at the marble quarry at Empire Landing.


1934 '''E. R. McCormick''' (43), of Avalon, was killed by a landslide at the Rohl-Connolly Quarry on July 23.
*1905  '''[[KUNER, Leroy O.|Leroy O. Kuner]]''' drowned at Seal Rocks August 11.


1934 '''Herman Bermudez''' (34), of Avalon, was killed in a Catalina Quarry explosion on November 11.
*1907  '''[[HURST, Bernie|Bernie Hurst]]''' (17), drowned at "Jim Johnson's harbor on September 28.


1934 '''Manuel Flores''' (20), of Avalon, was killed in a Catalina Quarry explosion on November 11.
*1908  '''[[WATSON, Lloyd Lanier | Lloyd Lanier Watson]]''' died from a fall off a cliff in early March.


1934 '''Angel Hernandez''' (28), of Avalon, was killed in a Catalina Quarry explosion on November 11.
*1908  '''[[CHRIST, Antonio| Anthony “Tony the Greek” Christ]]''' disappeared off the launch ''Zeus'' on May 30.
 
*1908 '''[[POLLARD, B. F.|B. F. Pollard]]''' (23), was found drowned at Avalon Bay about 50 feet from shore lying in eight feet of water on June 30.
 
*1908 '''[[GILES, F. B.|F. B. Giles]]''' (18), was found drowned in five feet of water on Aug. 17.
 
*1908 '''[[BACKBERG, Gus|Gus Backberg]]''' fisherman believed to have drowned off the island's west end on October 13.
 
*1911  '''[[EVANS, Benjamin|Benjamin Evans]]''' (75), was found drowned in the water at Pebbly Beach April 13.
 
*1914 '''[[WHITLEY, James H.|James H. Whitley]]''', probable suicide, his body later identified, washed ashore at Descanso Bay November 13.
 
*1917 '''[[BAUER, Henry L.|Henry L. Bauer]]''' (69), either drowned or committed suicide. Clothing was left at Pebbly Beach on June 26.
 
*1918    '''[[WILSON, Charles A.|Charles A. Wilson]]''' (76), died at the Isthmus.
 
*1919    '''[[WESTBROOK, Samuel|Samuel Westbrook]]''' (38), drowned at Sea Rocks when he fell off his launch ''Arrow''.
 
<span style="color:#FF0000">'''1920s'''</span> (20 above + 25 in 1920s)
 
*1921 '''3 killed''' in a Curtiss Flying Boat, USN, that crashed into headland south of Avalon.
 
*1921 '''[unnamed]''' killed in a Curtiss Flying Boat, USN, that crashed into headland south of Avalon.
 
*1921 '''[unnamed]''' killed in a Curtiss Flying Boat, USN, that crashed into headland south of Avalon.
*1923    '''[[BASTISTICH, Nicholas|Nicholas Bastistich]]''' drowned off Santa Catalina Island during rough weather in June.
 
*1923    '''[[BRIX, Earl B.|Earl B. Brix]]''' was killed in a Curtiss F-5L seaplane on January 19.
 
*1923 '''[[ROHRBACK, W. H.|Lieut. W. H. Rohrback]]''' was killed in an Curtiss F-5L seaplane on January 19.
* 1923  '''[[SERRANO, Margarita and Abalido|Margarita Serrano]]''' were asphyxiated Feb. 12
 
* 1923  '''[[SERRANO, Margarita and Abalido|Abalido Serrano]]''' were asphyxiated Feb. 12
 
*1925  '''[[DANFORTH, Joseph T.|Dr. Joseph T. Danforth]]''' was drowned on July 6.
 
*1925 '''[[SWANSON, Edward|Edward Swanson]]''' (25), was killed at the rock quarry by a falling rock on December 4.
 
*1926 '''[[ROBERTS, E. L.|E. L. Roberts]]''' (50), was killed by a falling rock at the Black Jack Mine on February 11.
 
*1926 '''[[TROBRIDGE, Richard| Richard Trobridge]]''' (7) was struck by a car and killed on his bicycle April 11.
 
*1926  '''[[FELTROP, Doris|Doris Feltrop]]''' (6), died of influenza.
 
*1926 '''[[DAVIS, C. G.|C. G. Davis]]''' was killed while filming off the Isthmus by a premature explosion of a cannon June 27.
 
*1926 '''[[TYLER, Mrs. E. B.|Mrs. E. B. Tyler]]''' was killed when Hugh G. Chaffe’s new 45-foot cruiser ''Una C'' exploded on July 4.
 
*1926    '''[[RIGGINS, Doris|Doris Riggins]]''' (2), was killed when Hugh G. Chaffe’s new 45-foot cruiser ''Una C'' exploded on July 4.
 
*1926 '''[[MILLER, Harley|Harley Miller]]'''  (10), drowned while attending summer camp at Catalina Harbor on July 6.
 
*1926 '''Woman's body afloat in a green bathing suit'''  at Abalone Point on July 30. [see below]
 
*1926 '''[[FINN, David A.|David A. Finn]]''' disappeared from Hotel Hermosa and was believed to have drowned on Sept. 20.
 
*1926 '''[[McKINLEY, James|James McKinley]]''' died of starvation in an open yawl in December. His partner made it to Santa Catalina Island.
 
*1927 '''[[COLLINS, Charles M.|Charles M. Collins]]''' (45), engineer killed when he fell down an elevator shaft at a local hotel on July 4.
 
* 1927  '''[[ANDERSON, Albert|Albert Anderson]]''' (37) died as a result of a fire aboard the fishing vessel ''Katherine''  in August.
 
*1927 '''[[Unidentified body]]''' <span style="color:#FF0000">Murder.</span> found shot to death near Seal Rocks in Dec.; murder was several months earlier.
 
*1929 '''[[HAINES, Fred R.|Fred R. Haines]]''' killed at the Pebbly Beach rock quarry.
 
*1929 '''[[GERMAN, Charles R.|Charles R. German]]''' (45) was killed in a fall from staging during construction of the Casino.
 
<span style="color:#FF0000">'''1930s'''</span> (26)
 
*1930 '''[[WILLIAMS, Humphrey|Humphrey Williams]]''' (50), threw himself in front of a ten-ton truck on the Pebbly Beach Road June 28.
 
*1931 January 14.
 
*1931  '''[[SALDANA, Crecenciano|Cresenciano Saldaña]]''' was beaten up and pushed down Monkeytown Hill on January 20. He broke his neck on the way down.
 
*1931 '''[[ROGERS, Edwin W.|Edwin W. Rogers]]''' (19), accidentally shot himself while goat hunting at the Isthmus on October 18.
 
*1932      '''[[SHERWOOD, William|William Sherwood]]'''  (32), drowned in a skiff accident on May 24.
 
*1932 '''[[CONRAD, Walter|Walter Conrad]]''' (17), was accidentally killed by the discharge of a shotgun at Middle Ranch on July 11.
 
*1933 '''[[BAKER, George R.|George R. Baker]]''', Catalina Airline amphibian plane co-pilot, was killed taking off on Nov. 2.
 
*1933 '''[[MOORE, Elliott McFarlane|Elliott McFarlane Moore]]''' (31), Catalina Airline manager was killed in the amphibian plane accident on Nov. 2.
 
*1934 '''[[McCORMICK, E. R.|E. R. McCormick]]''' (43), of Avalon, was killed by a landslide at the Rohl-Connolly Quarry on July 23.
 
*1934    '''[[VAUGHN, Robert|Robert Vaughn]]''' <span style="color:#FF0000">Murder.</span> was murdered in an altercation on a yacht at Catalina in September.
 
*1934 '''[[BERMUDEZ, Herman|Herman Bermudez]]''' (34), of Avalon, was killed in a Catalina Quarry explosion on November 12.
 
*1934 '''[[FLORES, Manuel|Manuel Flores]]''' (20), of Avalon, was killed in a Catalina Quarry explosion on November 12.
*1934 '''[[HERNANDEZ, Angel|Angel Hernandez]]''' (28), of Avalon, was killed in a Catalina Quarry explosion on November 12.
1934 '''Tom Halborson''' (51), was killed in a Catalina Quarry explosion on November 11.
*1934 '''[[HALBORSON, Tom|Tom Halborson]]''' (51), was killed in a Catalina Quarry explosion on November 12.
 
*1934 '''[[SMITH, Kenneth E.|Kenneth E. Smith]]''' (22), was killed in a Catalina Quarry explosion on November 12.
 
*1934 '''[[LANDERS, Russell|Russell Landers]]''' (49), was killed in a Catalina Quarry explosion on November 12.
 
*1934 '''[[HALL, Marion|Marion Hall]]''' (22), was killed in a Catalina Quarry explosion on November 12.
 
*1934 '''[[HANSEN, Pete|Pete Hansen]]''' (56), was killed in a Catalina Quarry explosion on November 12.
 
*1935 '''[[HARRINGTON, Homer|Homer Harrington]]''' (46), was killed at the Catalina Island rock pit by a landslide on January 17.
 
*1935 '''[[DALEY, William|William Daley]]''' (33), killed by a rifle bullet May 24, 1935.
 
*1935 '''[[WHEELER, Clayton E.|Dr. Clayton E. Wheeler]]''' (50), accidentally shot himself aboard his boat, ''Siesta'', on August 4.
 
*1935 '''[[BERGLAND, Elmer|Elmer Bergland]]''' (30), was killed in a rock slide at the Catalina Island Quarry one morning last week (Sept.)
 
*1936 '''[[JENSEN, Walter F.|Walter F. Jensen]]''' (44), fell overboard while fishing and drowned on August 29.
 
*1936  '''[[POPHAM, William|William Popham]]''' (22), killed himself by leaping off the balcony of the Casino on September 9.
 
*1939 '''[[MORRISON, R.H.|R. H. Morrison]]'''  (43), was killed in Avalon in a gas water heater explosion on May 13.


1934 '''Kenneth E. Smith''' (22), was killed in a Catalina Quarry explosion on November 11.
*1939    '''[[GRIFFITH, Jack|Jack Griffith]]''' (19) was drowned off a fishing boat three miles off the island on September 3.


1934 '''Russell Landers''' (49), was killed in a Catalina Quarry explosion on November 11.
*1939  '''[[HAMILTON, John|John Hamilton]]''' was drowned when he was swept of his yacht ''Success'' on September 24.  


1934 '''Marion Hall''' (22), was killed in a Catalina Quarry explosion on November 11.
<span style="color:#FF0000">'''1940s'''</span> (14)


1934 '''Pete Hansen''' (56), was killed in a Catalina Quarry explosion on November 11.
*1940    '''[[DESBIANS, Victor Joseph|Victor Joseph Desbians]]''' (35), commited suicide by drowning March 30.


1935 '''Homer Harrington''' (46), was killed at the Catalina Island rock pit by a landslide on January 17.
*1940s '''[fatality]''' <span style="color:#FF0000">Murder.</span>


1935 '''Dr. Clayton E. Wheeler''' (50), accidentally shot himself aboard his boat, ''Siesta'', on August 4.
*1941 '''[[ROYDEN, Sarah Stitt|Sarah Stitt Royden]]''' (59), drowned off the ''Orabelle'' at the east end August 27.


1935 '''Elmer Bergland''' (30), was killed in a rock slide at the Catalina Island Quarry one morning last week (Sept.)
*1942 '''[[LICHTENBERGER, Walter|Lieut. Lichtenberger]]''' (24), pilot killed at Buffalo Springs in his Lockheed P-38D on April 30.


1936 '''Walter F. Jensen''' (44), fell overboard while fishing and drowned on August 29.
*1944 '''[[CALMER, Kenneth|Kenneth G. Calmer]]''' (23), Coast Guard Yeoman at Avalon, drowned in the ''San Simeon'' wreck on October 15.


1939 '''Mr. Morrison''' was killed in Avalon in a gas water heater explosion on May 13.
*1944 '''[[RALSTON, Thomas|Thomas H. Ralston]]''', killed when Goodyear Blimp USN K-111 crashed into the hills above Avalon October 17.


1940s murder
*1944 '''[[SMITH, Thomas|Thomas R. Smith]]''' killed when Goodyear Blimp USN K-111 crashed into the hills above Avalon October 17.


1942 '''Lieut. Lichtenberger''' (24), pilot killed at Buffalo Springs in his Lockheed P-38D on April 30.
*1944 '''[[MARRIAGE, Wallis|Wallis H. Marriage]]''' killed when Goodyear Blimp USN K-111 crashed into the hills above Avalon October 17.  


1944 '''Kenneth G. Calmer''' (23), Coast Guard Yeoman at Avalon, drowned in the San Simeon wreck on Oct. 15.
*1944 '''[[GORSKI, Edward|Edward T. Gorski]]''' killed when Goodyear Blimp USN K-111 crashed into the hills above Avalon October 17.  


1944 '''Thomas H. Ralston''', killed when Goodyear Blimp USN K-111 crashed into the hills above Avalon October 17.
*1944 '''[[KAISER, Gordon|Gordon F. Kaiser]]''' killed when Goodyear Blimp USN K-111 crashed into the hills above Avalon October 17.  
 
1944 '''Thomas R. Smith''' killed when Goodyear Blimp USN K-111 crashed into the hills above Avalon October 17.  
*1944 '''[[GIRARD, Preston|Preston L. Girard]]''' killed when Goodyear Blimp USN K-111 crashed into the hills above Avalon October 17.
 
*1944-5 '''[Pilot]''' drowned in kelp beds when he bailed from his Vought F4U USN.
 
*1946 '''[[ROSS, Robert M.|Robert Mitchell Ross]]''' (11), drowned diving for coins. He is said to have swallowed one, on July 25.
 
*1946 '''[[MACRAE FAMILY, Santa Catalina Island|Skippy MacRae]]''' (11), dove off the Pleasure Pier and suffered a fatal head injury.
 
*1948 '''[[BOOSINGER, Harry Ransom |Harry Ransom Boosinger]]''' (48), 32-year veteran Avalon diver, drowned on July 1.
 
*1949 '''[[JORGENSEN, Robin Claude Soren|Robin Claude Soren Jorgensen]]''' (20), drowned abalone diving when his air compressor failed on September 6.
 
 
<span style="color:#FF0000">'''1950s'''</span>
 
*1950  '''[[JOHNSON, Robert|Robert Johnson]]''' (24), drowned abalone diving at Santa Catalina Island on November 1.
 
*1950  '''[[ABRAHAMSON, Edward|Edward Abrahamson]]''' (24), accidentally shot himself in the chest aboard his boat at Santa Catalina Island on December 3.
 
*1951 '''[[NASH, Robert H.|Robert H. Nash]]''' (32),  killed in the crash of a Grumman TBM-3E into Catalina Island on August 28, 1951.
 
*1951 '''[[NASH, Robert H.|Dale J. Stearns]]''' (32),  killed in the crash of a Grumman TBM-3E into Catalina Island on August 28, 1951.
 
*1951 '''[[NASH, Robert H.|Vern Dean Cain]]''' (23), killed in the crash of a Grumman TBM-3E into Catalina Island on August 28, 1951.
 
*1951 '''[[NASH, Robert H.|Charles T. Chaney]]''' (29)  killed in the crash of a Grumman TBM-3E into Catalina Island on August 28, 1951.
 
*1954  '''[[WALTERS, Hugo |Hugo Walters]]'''  (31),  drowned when their power boat sank off the island on June 13.
 
*1954  '''[[McGUIRE, Don |Don McGuire]]'''  (27),  drowned when their power boat sank off the island on June 13.
 
*1954  '''[[NICHOLS, Jack Bently|Jack Bently Nichols]]'''  (18), drowned skin diving at Goat Harbor on June 29.
 
*1954  '''[[HAIGHT, Timothy Lee|Timothy Lee Haight]]'''  (15), drowned SCUBA diving on July 1.
 
*1954  '''[[LaRICCA, Louis|Louis LaRicca]]''' (28), drowned when his boat sank on October 21.
 
*1957    '''[[DAWSON, George|George Dawson]]''' drowned off Catalina Island on November 3, 1957.
 
*1957    '''[[DAWSON, George|Grace Dawson]]''' drowned off Catalina Island on November 3, 1957.
 
*1957    '''[[FREW, Helen|Helen Frew]]''' killed in a jeep accident on Catalina Island on December 25, 1957.
 
*1958 '''[[FRENZEL, Terry Smith|Terence Frenzel]]''' (13), was accidentally shot by Jimmy Price on Feb. 25.
 
*1958  '''[[HILL, Henry Alto|Henry Alto Hill]]''' (27), drowned while SCUBA diving at Emerald Bay on April 13.
 
*1958  '''[[TURNER, Jeanne|Jeanne Turner]]'''  (45), drowned when their outboard boat capsized on April 13.
 
*1958  '''[[MAZOR, Vincent|Vincent Mazor]]'''  (45), drowned when their outboard boat capsized on April 13.
 
*1958  '''[[VANDERWINDT, Edward J.|Edward J. Vanderwindt]]'''  (28), disappeared in a boating accident on May 4.
 
*1958  '''[[HUDSPETH, George|George Hudspeth]]'''  (28), disappeared in a boating accident on May 4.
 
*1958  '''[[CONNERY, Dean|Dean Connery]]'''  (22), drowned while SCUBA diving off the island July 20.
 
*1958  '''[[HINTON, Edgar|Edgar Hinton]]''' (39), one of three killed in a plane crash October 12.
 
*1958  '''[[PARDEW, Vincent R.|Vincent R. Pardew]]''' (27),  one of three killed in a plane crash October 12.
 
*1958  '''[[CRUMLEY, Marcella|Marcella Crumley]]'''  (27), one of three killed in a plane crash October 12.
 
*1958  '''[[LONG, John Theodore|John Theodore Long]]'''  (22), drowned while swimming near Eagle Reef on October 26.
 
*1959  '''[[GAMBLE, Eddie Glen |Eddie Glen Gamble]]'''  (54), died of a heart attack after catching the jackpot yellowtail on July 23.
 
*1959  '''[[APPA, Donald |Donald Appa]]'''  (43), drowned after falling from the pier at Emerald Bay in early October.
 
<span style="color:#FF0000">'''1960s'''
 
*1960 '''Howard H. Holden''' (34), was killed in a plane crash May 7.
 
*1960 '''Robert T. Woyaich''' was killed in a plane crash May 7.
 
*1960  '''[[MARTINEAU, Dale|Dale Martineau]]''' (17), was drowned while skin diving November 12.
 
*1961  '''[[BLOUGH, Armand S.|Armand S. Blough]]''' (32), was drowned while scuba diving at Goat Harbor July 13.
 
*1961  '''[[BRYCE, Ross M.|Ross M. Bryce]]''' (39), was drowned while skin diving November 12.
 
*1962 '''[[SMALL, Peter|Peter Small]]''' (35), drowned in an accident of the submersible, ''Atlantis I'', on Dec. 3.
 
*1962 '''[[SMALL, Peter|Christopher Whittaker]]''' (19), drowned in an accident of the submersible, ''Atlantis I'', on Dec. 3.
 
*1963  '''[[ALBRECHT, Clarence|Clarence Albreck]]'''  (55), drowned while SCUBA diving on August 10.
 
*1963  '''[[WEBER, Gary|Gary Weber]]'''  (19), drowned while diving off White's Landing December 1.
 
*1963  '''[[McWHIRTER, Lawrence|Lawrence McWhirter]]'''  (22), drowned while diving off White's Landing December 1.
 
*1964  '''[[SCHOEN, David| David Schoen]]''' (28), drowned on a fishing trip with Andrew Phillips in May.
 
*1964  '''[[PHILLIPS, Andrew| Andrew Phillips]]''' (42), drowned on a fishing trip with David Schoen in May.
 
*1965  '''[[GONZALES, Joe M.|Joe M. Gonzales]]'''  (54), was killed in a fall at the quarry on January 29.
 
*1965  '''[[YAGER, Eileen Keliher|Eileen Keliher Yager]]'''  (61), drowned in May.
 
*1965  '''[[THORNES, Bjorn|Bjorn Thornes]]''' (27), drowned while SCUBA diving near Big Fishermans Cove on September 19.
 
*1965  '''[[HEARD, Robert|Robert Heard]]''' (34), drowned while swimming on October 23.
 
*1965  '''[[HALL, Mrs. Antonie|Mrs. Antonie Hall]]''' (29), drowned off the island on a scuba-diving trip on October 9.
 
*1966  '''[[ORBACH, Harry K.|Harry K. Orbach]]''' (41), missing and presumed drowned from his boat at Avalon Harbor during the storm of January 16.
 
*1966  '''[[MATHEWSON, David Henry|David Henry Mathewson]]''' (23), drowned while diving on February 27.
 
*1966 '''[[ELHASSAN, Hassan|Hassan Elhassan]]''' (30),drowned tangled in kelp on April 30.
 
*1966 '''[fatality]''' killed in a Cessna 150A plane crash [N7160X] August 9.
 
*1966    '''[[MAROVITZ, Ivan G.|Ivan G. Marvoitz]]''', (31), drowned while scuba diving on September 4.
 
*1967 '''[fatality]''' killed in a Piper PA-24 plane crash on May 27.
 
*1967  '''[[STARKEY, Maxine|Maxine Starkey]]''' (46), drowned in kelp while SCUBA diving on May 28.
 
*1967 '''[[PHILLIPPI, Frederick|Frederick Phillippi]]''' (28), pilot killed in his Piper PA-24 on September 12.
 
*1967 '''[[PHILLIPPI, Frederick|Sally Phillippi]]''' (27), pilot’s wife killed in their Piper PA-24 on September 12.
 
*1967 '''[[RENBARGER, Gilbert|Gilbert Renbarger]]''' (60), Pilot’s father-in-law killed in the airplane accident on September 12.
 
*1967 '''[[RENBARGER, Gilbert|Arlene Renbarger]]''' (57), Pilot’s mother-in-law killed in the airplane accident on September 12.
 
*1967  '''[[WILHITE, Ronald L.|Ron Wilhite]]'''  (35), drowned in a SCUBA diving accident on September 23.
 
*1968  '''[[BJORSETH, James|James Bjorseth]]'''  (28),  drowned in a diving accident on March 3.
 
*1968  '''[[FRITZ, George Phillip|G. Phillip Fritz]]'''  (30),  drowned in a diving accident on May 4.
 
*1968  '''[[EARLEY, Kenneth|Kevin Earley]]'''  (41),  drowned in a diving accident off Ship Rock on May 4.
 
*1968  '''[[BADGER, William|William Badger]]'''  (32),  drowned in a diving accident off Ship Rock on May 4.
 
*1968    '''[[SMITH, Robert Lee|Robert Lee Smith]]'''  (39), drowned near Ship Rock on August 12.
 
*1968 '''[fatality]''' killed in a Grumman G-21A [N325] plane crash September 29.
 
*1968  '''[[FRY, Robert|Robert Fry]]'''  (52),  drowned in a diving accident at the Isthmus on Oct. 2.
 
*1969 '''[fatality]''' killed when a McDonnell Douglas F-4B USN hit a ridge on January 10.
 
*1969 '''[fatality]''' killed when a McDonnell Douglas F-4B USN hit a ridge on January 10.
 
*1969 '''[[RAY, Billy W.| Billie W. Ray]]''' (28), one of 5 fatalities when their Grumman E-1B USN hit Silver Peak on February 18.
 
*1969 '''[[RAY, Billy W. |Melvin D. Brewer]]''' (28), one of 5 fatalities  when their Grumman E-1B USN hit Silver Peak on February 18.
 
*1969 '''[[RAY, Billy W.| Francis Horahan]]''' (25), one of 5 fatalities  when their Grumman E-1B USN hit Silver Peak on February 18.
 
*1969 '''[[RAY, Billy W.| Edward Karaldsen]]''' (27), one of 5 fatalities  when their Grumman E-1B USN hit Silver Peak on February 18.
 
*1969 '''[[RAY, Billy W.| Larry W. Garrison]]''' (25), one of 5 fatalities  when their Grumman E-1B USN hit Silver Peak on February 18.
 
*1969  '''[[JONES, Jesse L.|Jesse L. Jones]]''' (41), drowned while SCUBA diving at Hamilton Beach on August 17.
 
<span style="color:#FF0000">'''1970s'''</span>
 
*1970 '''[[HILL, Robert|Robert Hill]]''' (38), killed in their boat when a Grumman Goose hit them while landing.
 
*1970 '''[[NURMI, Clarence|Clarence Nurmi]]''' (45), killed in their boat when a Grumman Goose hit them while landing.


1944 '''Wallis H. Marriage''' killed when Goodyear Blimp USN K-111 crashed into the hills above Avalon October 17.  
*1970    '''[[PULLMAN, George B.|George B. Pullman]]''' (17), drowned while skin diving off Arrow Point on May 24.


1944 '''Edward T. Gorski''' killed when Goodyear Blimp USN K-111 crashed into the hills above Avalon October 17.  
*1970    '''[[GASCON, Jeffrey|Jeffrey Rey Gascon]]''' (17), drowned while SCUBA diving at Cherry Cove on July 18.


1944 '''Gordon F. Kaiser''' killed when Goodyear Blimp USN K-111 crashed into the hills above Avalon October 17.  
*1970  '''[[HAAKER, Edward|Edward Haaker]]''' (43), drowned while SCUBA diving near the Isthmus on September 6.


1944 '''Preston L. Girard''' killed when Goodyear Blimp USN K-111 crashed into the hills above Avalon October 17.  
*1970  '''[[EVENTOV, Matthew|Matthew Evantov]]''' (10), drowned while skindiving by his father's boat in September.


1944-5 '''[Pilot]''' drowned in kelp beds when he bailed from his Vought F4U USN.
*1970  '''[[HEADLEE, Larry|Larry Headlee]]''' (32), salvage diver drowned in a submarine on September 21.


1946 '''Robert Mitchell Ross''' (11), drowned diving for coins. He is said to have swallowed one, on July 25.
*1970  '''[[LOCKWOOD, Robert Arthur|Robert Arthur Lockwood]]''' (41), drowned while SCUBA diving at Empire Landing on December 6.


1955 '''John Olsen''' drowned in a diving accident May 15.
*1971  '''[[OKUSU, Yoshio P.|Yoshio P. Okusu]]''' (26) drowned SCUBA diving at Long Point on July 11.


1958 '''Terence Frenzel''' (13), was accidentally shot by Jimmy Price on Feb. 25.
*1971  '''[[WARNER, Harry L.|Harry L. Warner]]''' (50) drowned SCUBA diving at the Isthmus on July 18.


1960 '''Howard H. Holden''' (34), was killed in a plane crash May 7.
*1971    '''[[JONES, Robert E.|Robert E. Jones]]''' (49), drowned while swimming off Catalina Island on July 25.


1960 '''Robert T. Woyaich''' was killed in a plane crash May 7.
*1971    '''[[HOYE, Edward B.|Edward B. Hoye]]''' (60), drowned while scuba diving at Parson's Landing August 18.


1962 '''Peter Small''' (35), drowned in an accident of the submersible, ''Atlantis I'', on Dec. 3.
*1972  '''[[JONES, George|George Jones]]''' (56), drowned at Big Fisherman Cove on February 20.


1962 '''Christopher Whittaker''' (19), drowned in an accident of the submersible, ''Atlantis I'', on Dec. 3.
*1972 '''[[CORRIGAN, Roy W.|Roy W. Corrigan]]''' (22), killed in a Cessna 150H [N50218] on March 21.


1966 '''[fatality]''' killed in a Cessna 150A plane crash [N7160X] August 9.
*1972 '''[[POWELL, Roger|Roger T. Powell]]''' (21), killed in a Cessna 150H [N50218] on March 21.


1967 '''[fatality]''' killed in a Piper PA-24 plane crash on May 27.
*1972 '''[[HAHN, David Keith|David Keith Hahn]]''' (28), drowned in a diving accident at Empire Landing on November 2.


1967 '''Frederick Phillippi''' (28), pilot killed in his Piper PA-24 on September 12.
*1972 '''[[KAUTH, Jr., Raymond Charles|Raymond Charles Kauth, Jr.]]''' (28), drowned in a diving accident at Empire Landing on November 2.


1967 '''Sally Phillippi''' (27), pilot’s wife killed in their Piper PA-24 on September 12.
*1973 '''[fatality]''' killed in a Piper PA-24 [N5334P] on January 14.


1967 '''Gilbert Renbarger''' (60), Pilot’s father-in-law killed in the airplane accident on September 12.
*1973  '''[[KOONTZ, Michael|Michael Koontz]]''' (18), drowned while skin diving at Cherry Cove on April 1.


1967 '''Arlene Renbarger''' (57), Pilot’s mother-in-law killed in the airplane accident on September 12.
*1973  '''[[HOSKIN, Barry|Barry Hoskin]]''' (26), drowned near Arrow Point on April 11.


1968 '''[fatality]''' killed in a Grumman G-21A [N325] plane crash September 29.
*1973  '''[[HOLMES, Lisa|Lisa Holmes]]''' (15), drowned at Blue Caverns on May 26.


1969 '''[Fatality]''' killed when a McDonnell Douglas F-4B USN hit a ridge on January 10.
*1973  '''[[CASPER, Joseph H.|Joseph H. Casper]]''' (34), drowned SCUBA diving at Little Geiger Cove on August 26.


1969 '''[Fatality]''' killed when a McDonnell Douglas F-4B USN hit a ridge on January 10.
*1973  '''[[PUDOFF, James|James Pudoff]]''' (26), drowned while SCUBA diving at Little Harbor November 4.


1969 '''[5 fatalities]''' killed when their Grumman E-1B USN hit Silver Peak on February 18.
*1974  '''[[JACK, Eugenia Ludmila|Eugenia Ludmila Jack]]''' (45), drowned while diving at Catalina on March 24.


1970 '''Robert Hill''' (38), killed in their boat when a Grumman Goose hit them while landing.
*1974  '''[[ERICKSON, Michael James|Michael James Erickson]]''' (28), drowned while diving at Catalina on March 24.


1970 '''Clarence Nurmi''' (45), killed in their boat when a Grumman Goose hit them while landing.
*1974  '''[[SZUKALA, Joel Anthony|Joel Anthony Szukala]]''' (15), of Calimesa, drowned while SCUBA diving on May 5.


1972 '''Roy W. Corrigan''' (22), killed in a Cessna 150H [N50218] on March 21.
*1974    3 drownings in 3 weekends


1972 '''Roger T. Powell''' (21), killed in a Cessna 150H [N50218] on March 21.
*1974    '''[[MEHLMAN, Larry J.|Larry J. Mehlman]]''' (21), drowned while scuba diving off the north side of Catalina June 29.


1973 '''[Fatality]''' killed in a Piper PA-24 [N5334P] on January 14.
*1974    '''[[SHAFFER, Karen|Karen Shaffer]]''' (26), drowned while SCUBA diving near Arrow Point on July 7.


1976 '''[Fatality]''' killed in a Beechcraft D45 [N14406] on November 5.
*1974  '''[[RHODES, Carl B.|Carl B. Rhodes]]''' (37), drowned scuba diving at Catalina Island on September 15.


1977 '''[Fatality]''' killed in a Grumman Goose G-21 [N979SB] on August 19.
*1974    '''[[MASON, Lawrence|Lawrence Mason]]''' (26), drowned on his first dive after being certified on December 15.


1977 '''Charles C. Clifford''' (38), pilot killed in a Beechcraft E18S [N979SB] on August 22.
*1975    '''[[LLOYD, Terry Stacy|Terry Stacy Lloyd]]''' (40), drowned when she fell off a sailboat on June 28.


1977 '''Robert G. Graves''' (38), killed in a Beechcraft E18S [N979SB] on August 22.
*1976 '''[fatality]''' killed in a Beechcraft D45 [N14406] on November 5.


1978 '''Cal Brian Watts''' (23), killed when his 4WD rolled over at the lower dump on November 30.  
*1976  '''[[JERHOFF, Joseph|Joseph Jerhoff]]''' (39), drowned while SCUBA diving off his boat with two friends on November 16.


1979 '''Ruth Gardner''' (81), killed in a Catalina Air Grumman [N11CS] on April 14.
*1977 '''[fatality]''' killed in a Grumman Goose G-21 [N979SB] on August 19.


1979  '''[Fatality]'''(33), killed in a Catalina Air Grumman [N22932] on September 17.
*1977 '''Charles C. Clifford''' (38), pilot killed in a Beechcraft E18S [N979SB] on August 22.


1979 '''David Lee Riddle''' (38), pilot killed in his Piper PA-28 [N8432C] on December 10.
*1977 '''Robert G. Graves''' (38), killed in a Beechcraft E18S [N979SB] on August 22.


1979 '''Eddie Reyes''' (20), passenger killed in Piper PA-28 [N8432C] on December 10.
*1977    '''[[BUCKMAN, Colin|Colin Buckman]]''' (18) drowned while SCUBA diving at Cherry Cove September 11.


1980 '''Mark Anthony Felice''' (30), passenger killed in the crash of his cousin’s Piper PA-32 on January 26.
*1977    '''[fatality]''' killed in Bellanca 7ECA [N5233X] on December 14.


1981 '''Natalie Wood''' (43), drowned off Robert Wagner’s boat at anchor on November 29.
*1978 '''[[PESCI, Mary|Mary Pesci]]''' (21) of Fullerton, drowned SCUBA diving at Ribbon Rock November 24.
1981 ''''''[Fatality]'''''' on a Catalina Airlines Sikorsky S-62A helicopter [N324Y].


1981 '''[Fatality]''' on Catalina Airlines Sikorsky S-62A helicopter [N324Y].
*1978 '''[[RICH, Andrew|Andrew Rich]]''' (23) of Santa Ana, drowned SCUBA diving at Ribbon Rock November 24.


1982 '''Alfred Asterman''' was killed when his Wing D-1 crashed on Catalina Island on June 11.
*1978 '''[[WATTS, Cal Brian|Cal Brian Watts]]''' (23), killed when his 4WD rolled over at the lower dump on November 30.  


1982 '''[Fatality]''' passenger killed in a Wing D-1 crash on June 11.
*1979 '''[[GARDNER, Ruth|Ruth Gardner]]''' (81), killed in a Catalina Air Grumman [N11CS] on April 14.


1983 '''Max Reinstein''' (62), pilot killed in a Piper PA-28-161 crash [N2239M] on January 3.
*1979  '''[[GAGNON, John Chester|John Chester Gagnon]]''' (33), killed in a Catalina Air Grumman [N22932] on September 17.
 
1983 '''James Henry Gibbons''' (40), passenger killed in a Piper PA-28-161 crash [N2239M] on January 3.


1984 '''Kenneth Doyle Plante''' (37), pilot killed in the crash of Leerjet 24 [N44GA] on January 30.
*1979 '''David Lee Riddle''' (38), pilot killed in his Piper PA-28 [N8432C] on December 10.


1984 '''David Soderling''' (28), Co-pilot killed in the crash of Leerjet 24 [N44GA] on January 30.
*1979 '''[[MACHADO, Joseph|Joe “Chepe” Machado]]''' was killed at the Connolly-Pacific Quarry at Pebbly Beach October 29.


1984 '''Steven A. Berardi''' (42), was killed in the crash of Leerjet 24 [N44GA] on January 30.
*1979 '''Eddie Reyes''' (20), passenger killed in Piper PA-28 [N8432C] on December 10.


1984 '''Heather Berardi''' (40), was killed in the crash of Leerjet 24 [N44GA] on January 30.


1984 '''Joe L. Denison''' (49), was killed in the crash of Leerjet 24 [N44GA] on January 30.
<span style="color:#FF0000">'''1980s'''</span> (32)


1984 '''Oralyn Ann Denison''' (50), was killed in the crash of Leerjet 24 [N44GA] on January 30.
*1980 '''[[FELICE, Mark Anthony|Mark Anthony Felice]]''' (30), passenger killed in the crash of his cousin’s Piper PA-32 on January 26.


1984 '''[Fatality]''' killed in Piper Lance [N30298] on May 20.
*1981 '''[[WOOD, Natalie|'''Natalie Wood''']]''' (43), drowned off Robert Wagner’s boat at anchor on November 29.


1984 '''[Fatality]''' killed in Piper Lance [N30298] on May 20.
*1981 '''[[ORTEGA, Miguel|Miguel Ortega]]''' (24) was killed in the crash of a Catalina Airlines Sikorsky S-62A helicopter [N324Y] February 22.


1984 '''Lt. Cmdr. James R. Brodengeyer''' (37), was killed in his FA-18 Hornet when he hit the island on June 18.
*1981 '''[[LEVY, Lior|Lior Levy]]''' was killed in the crash of a Catalina Airlines Sikorsky S-62A helicopter [N324Y] February 22.


1985 '''[Fatality]''' killed in a McDonnell Douglas F-18 on January 18.
*1982 '''Alfred Asterman''' was killed when his Wing D-1 crashed on Catalina Island on June 11.


1985 '''Hossein Habibi''' (28), passenger killed in a Bell 206-L Jet Ranger on December 3.
*1982 '''[fatality]''' passenger killed in a Wing D-1 crash on June 11.


1988 '''Thomas Fortuna''' (35), drowned when his sailing catamaran capsized on May 29.
*1983 '''Max Reinstein''' (62), pilot killed in a Piper PA-28-161 crash [N2239M] on January 3.


1988 '''William Glose''' (33), killed when boat ''Impulse'' crashed into rocks at Lovers Cove in Dec.
*1983 '''James Henry Gibbons''' (40), passenger killed in a Piper PA-28-161 crash [N2239M] on January 3.  
   
   
1988 '''Sean Caudillo''' (22), was killed when boat ''Impulse'' crashed into rocks at Lovers Cove.
*1984 '''Kenneth Doyle Plante''' (37), pilot killed in the crash of Leerjet 24 [N44GA] on January 30.
 
*1984 '''David Soderling''' (28), Co-pilot killed in the crash of Leerjet 24 [N44GA] on January 30.
 
*1984 '''Steven A. Berardi''' (42), was killed in the crash of Leerjet 24 [N44GA] on January 30.
 
*1984 '''Heather Berardi''' (40), was killed in the crash of Leerjet 24 [N44GA] on January 30.
 
*1984 '''Joe L. Denison''' (49), was killed in the crash of Leerjet 24 [N44GA] on January 30.
 
*1984 '''Oralyn Ann Denison''' (50), was killed in the crash of Leerjet 24 [N44GA] on January 30.
 
*1984 '''[fatality]''' killed in Piper Lance [N30298] on May 20.
 
*1984 '''[fatality]''' killed in Piper Lance [N30298] on May 20.
 
*1984 '''[[BRODENGEYER, James|Lt. Cmdr. James R. Brodengeyer]]''' (37), was killed in his FA-18 Hornet when he hit the island on June 18.
 
*1985 '''[fatality]''' killed in a McDonnell Douglas F-18 on January 18.
 
*1985 '''[[HABIBI, Hossein|Hossein Habibi]]''' (28), passenger killed in a Bell 206-L Jet Ranger on December 3.
 
* 1986  '''[[DC-II|RODRIGUEZ FAMILY]]'''  Thomas J. Rodriguez (30), Petra M. Rodriguez (29), and Trisha Rodriguez (5); and Allen Wheeler (34), and his wife Corinne Wheeler (33) drowned when their vessel ''D.C. II'' capsized returning from Santa Catalina Island on May 18.
 
*1987  '''[[SPORER, Frank|Frank Sporer]]'''  (65), drowned while SCUBA diving at the Isthmus on May 31.
 
* 1987  '''[[STERN, Harold|Harold Stern]]'''  (60), drowned while diving off Catalina Island on June 7.
 
*1987  '''[[BRASSARD, William Roger|William R. Brassard]]''' (37) drowned while SCUBA diving west of Eagle Rock on October 24.
 
*1988 '''[[FORTUNA, Thomas|Thomas Fortuna]]''' (35), drowned when his sailing catamaran capsized on May 29.
 
*1988 '''[[GLOSE, William|William Glose]]''' (33), killed when boat ''Impulse'' crashed into rocks at Lovers Cove in Dec.
 
*1988 '''[[CAUDILLO, Sean|Sean Caudillo]]''' (22), was killed when boat ''Impulse'' crashed into rocks at Lovers Cove.
 
*1988  '''[[LOPEZ, Virginia M.|Virginia M. Lopez]]''' (56), was killed by a Fineline Truck in her golf cart Dec. 24.


1989 '''Joe “Chepe” Machado was killed at the Connolly-Pacific Quarry at Pebbly Beach.
*1989   '''[[KRASOWSKIS, Andre| Andre Krasowskis]]''' (21), was drowned from a skiff off Long Point on March 3.
 
1989 '''Gail Lynn Pisula''' (34), was strangled by her boyfriend, Bruce Kingman (42), on April 20.
*1989 '''[[PISULA, Gail Lynn|Gail Lynn Pisula]]''' (34), <span style="color:#FF0000">Murder.</span> was murdered by her boyfriend, Bruce Kingman (42), on April 20.
 
*1989  '''[[BALLANGER, Bryan|Bryan Ballanger]]''' was killed in an accident involving the filming of ''Red October'' on Jule 14.
 
*1989  '''[[REID, Robert|Robert Reid]]''' (84), was drowned in a boating accident on November 24.
 
*1989  '''[[REID, Robert|Thelma Reid]]''' (75), was drowned in a boating accident on November 24.
 
*1989  '''[[REID, Robert|Charles Reid]]'''  was drowned in a boating accident on November 24.
 
<span style="color:#FF0000">'''1990s'''</span> (21)
 
*1990 '''[[HARDER, Robert David, Jr.|Robert David Harder, Jr.]]''' (15),  passenger killed in a Cessna 172 N [N2810E].
 
*1991  '''[[MALLEN, Jay Shepard|Jay Mallen]]'''  drowned off the dive boat ''Atlantis'' at Big Geiger Cove on April 14.
 
*1991    [[HOWARD, Kenneth W.|'''Kenneth W. Howard''']]  (34), drowned collecting fish at Isthmus Reef for aquaria on on May 15.
 
*1991 [[SABERZADEH, Rochanak|'''Rochanak Saberzadeh''']] (22), from Chatsworth died in a SCUBA accident July 19.
 
*1992 '''[fatality]''' killed in a Beechcraft A-36 [N583T] on May 2.
 
*1992 '''[[WHITAKER, William|Bill Whitaker]]''' killed in a Beechcraft S-35 on May 27.
 
*1992      '''[[WHITAKER, Alice|Alice Whitaker ]]''' killed in a Beechcraft S-35 on May 27.
 
*1992 '''[[HAYES, Edward|Edward Hayes]]''' (71), drowned SCUBA diving at Catalina Harbor on June 6.
 
*1993 '''[fatality]'''  killed in a Beechcraft E-33 [N7882R] on February 15.
 
*1993 '''[[STEIN, Laura|Laura Stein]]''' (42),  killed when her Dodge Ram 150 Van drove off a cliff on May 27.
 
*1994 '''Jeffrey Noel Matson''' (33), killed in a Cessna 152 [N93508] on April 5.


1990 '''Robert David Harder, Jr.''' (15), passenger killed in a Cessna 172 N [N2810E].
*1995  '''Mark Steven Hopkins''' (44), drowned off Lion's Head Point on August 27.


1991 '''[Fatality]''' of a 22-year-old Chatsworth woman who died in a SCUBA accident July 19.
*1996 '''Linda Seals''' (45), drowned trying to rescue her children from heavy surf on April 13.


1992 '''[Fatality]''' was killed in a Beechcraft A-36 [N583T] on May 2.
*1996  '''[[KROLL, Richard William|Richard William Kroll]]''' (51), drowned while free-diving on April 22.


1992 '''[Two fatalities]''' killed in a Beechcraft S-35 on May 27.
*1997 '''[fatality]''' , pilot killed in Piper PA-28-161 [N8436X].


1992 '''Edward Hayes''' (71), drowned scuba diving at Catalina Harbor on June 6.
*1998 '''Darin Cameron''' (19), pilot killed in Cessna 172N [N6514E] on May 7.


1993 '''[Fatality]''' killed in a Beechcraft E-33 [N7882R] on February 15.
*1998 '''Audrey Nizich''' (24) (sister) killed in Cessna 172N [N6514E] on May 7.


1993 '''Laura Stein''' (42), was killed when her Dodge Ram 150 Van drove off a cliff on May 27.  
*1998 '''Peter Nizich''' (19) (brother) killed in Cessna 172N [N6514E] on May 7.


1994 '''Jeffrey Noel Matson''' (33), was killed in a Cessna 152 [N93508] on April 5.
*1998 '''Jennifer Ortega''' (19), passenger killed in Cessna 172N [N6514E] on May 7.


1996 '''Linda Seals''' (45), drowned trying to rescue her children from heavy surf on April 13.
* 1998  '''[[WELKER, Daniel|Daniel Welker]]''' (28), pilot killed on Silver Peak in Cessna 152 [N49770] on September 30.


1997 '''[Fatality]''' of a pilot killed in Piper PA-28-161 [N8436X].
*1999 '''[[CECIL, Walter L.|Walter L. Cecil]]''' (44), pilot killed in a Piper Aerostar 600 [N97CC] on November 21.


1998 '''Darin Cameron''' (19), pilot killed in Cessna 172N [N6514E] on May 7.
*1999  '''[[RAMIREZ, David Jr.|David Ramirez, Jr.]]''' (18), fell from the roof of the Glenmore Hotel after high school prom.


1998 '''Audrey Nizich''' (24), sister killed in Cessna 172N [N6514E] on May 7.
<span style="color:#FF0000">'''2000s'''</span>


1998 '''Peter Nizich''' (19), brother killed in Cessna 172N [N6514E] on May 7.
*2000 '''[[OLSEN, John|John Olsen]]''' (45), died in a SCUBA dive accident on May 27.


1998 '''Jennifer Ortega''' (19), passenger killed in Cessna 172N [N6514E] on May 7.
*2001 '''[[WEINFURTNER, Eva Marie|Eva Marie Weinfurtner]]''' (42), <span style="color:#FF0000">Murder.</span>  murdered by her boyfriend, Stephen Reitz (25), on October 1.


1998 '''[Fatality]''' of a pilot killed in Cessna 152 [N49770].
*2001 '''[[STAFF, Robert and Virginia|Dr. Robert Staff]]''' (83), island doctor died in a house fire on October 21.


1999 '''[Fatality]''' of a pilot killed in a Piper Aerostar 600 [N97CC] on November 21.
*2001 '''[[STAFF, Robert and Virginia|Virginia Staff]]''' (78), died in a house fire on October 21.


2000 '''John Edward Olsen''' (45), died in a dive accident on [May 27?? See SSDI. There are 2.]
*2002 '''[fatality]''' (54), killed in Beechcraft 58TC [N2102L] on Aug. 2.


2001 '''Eva Maria Weinfurtner''' (42),  was murdered by her boyfriend, Stephen Reitz (25), on October 1.
*2002 '''[fatality]''' (48) killed in Beechcraft 58TC [N2102L] on Aug. 2.


2001 '''Dr. Robert Staff''' (83), Island doctor who died in a house fire on October 21.
*2003 '''[[HEGGER, Scott Eric|Scott Eric Hegger]]''' (35), pilot killed in a Piper-PA-34-200T [N3747U] on December 24.


2001 '''Virginia Staff''' (78), died in a house fire on October 21.
*2003 '''[[HEGGER, Scott Eric|Francine Gaume]]''' (44), passenger from France killed on December 24.


2002 '''[Fatality]'''(54), killed in Beechcraft 58TC [N2102L] on Aug. 2.
*2003 '''[[HEGGER, Scott Eric|Justine Gaume]]''' (8), daughter of Francine Gaume killed on December 24.


2002 '''[Fatality]'''(48), killed in Beechcraft 58TC [N2102L] on Aug. 2.
*2003 '''[[HEGGER, Scott Eric|Lucas Gaume]]''' (6). son of Francine Gaume killed on December 24.


2003 '''Scott Eric Hegger''' (35), pilot killed in a Piper-PA-34-200T [N3747U] on December 24.
*2003 '''[[HEGGER, Scott Eric|Patrice Alin Duclos]]''' (34), French friend of Francine Gaume (above) killed on December 24.


2003 '''Francine Gaume '''(44), passenger from France killed on December 24.
*2004  '''[[HOLL, Nelson|Nelson Holl]]''' (51) drowned in a SCUBA diving accident on September 5.  


2003 '''Justine Gaume''' (8), daughter of Francine killed on December 24.
* 2005  '''[[HUVERSERIAN, Raffi|Raffi Huverserian]]''' (c. 50) died as a result of SCUBA diving at Casino Point on March 30.


2003 '''Lucas Gaume''' (6), son of Francine killed on December 24.
*2005 '''Frank M. Saldana''' (68), committed suicide by hanging March 31.  


2003 '''Patrice Alin Duclos''' (34), French friend of Francisce (above) killed on December 24.
*2005 '''[fatality]''', pilot killed in an Avion Robbins R [N216RN] Aug. 31.


2005 '''[Fatality]''' of a pilot killed in an Avion Robbins R [N216RN] Aug. 31.
*2005 '''[fatality]''', pilot killed in Cessna 172RG [N9636B] on Sept. 7.


2005 '''[Fatality]''' of a pilot killed in Cessna 172RG [N9636B] on Sept. 7.
*2005 '''[fatality]''', killed in Cessna 172RG [N9636B] on Sept. 7.


Killed in Cessna 172RG [N9636B] on Sept. 7.
*2005  '''[[GRISSOM, Willie L. III|Willie L. Grissom III]]''', (20) died of a head injury from a skateboard accident October 6.
2006 '''[Fatality]''' drowned while SCUBA diving at Casino Point in March.
*2006 '''[fatality]''' drowned while SCUBA diving at Casino Point in March.
 
*2006 '''[[WILLIAMS, Steven B.|Steven B. Williams]]''' (59),  <span style="color:#FF0000">Murder.</span>  disc jockey murdered offshore by Harvey Morrow on May 18. Los Angeles County Coroner's Office case #063815
 
*2008 '''[[MAILLET, Emeric|Emeric Maillet]]''' (33), pilot killed in the crash of Island Express Helicopter [N67GE] on May 24.
 
*2008 '''[[TERRY, John|John Terry]]''' (25), employee killed in the crash of Island Express Helicopter [N67GE] on May 24.
 
*2008 '''[[HURD, Tania|Tania Hurd]]''' (46), teacher  killed in the crash of Island Express Helicopter [N67GE] on May 24.
 
* 2008    '''[[HATCH, Timothy |Timothy Hatch]]''' (31), drowned while free diving off his fathers boat at Palisades on June 15.
 
*2008 '''[[PIKE, David |David Pike]]''' (50) SCUBA diver drowned at Casino Point on June 29.
 
*2008 '''[[SHAFER, Nicholas O'Neill|Nicholas O’Neill Shafer]]''' (18), killed in a vehicle near Pebbly Beach by a Eucalyptus branch on August 27.
 
*2008 '''[[COWAN, Charles|Charles Cowan]]''' (74), pilot killed in the crash of Mooney M20J [N201EN] on October 20.
 
*2008 '''[[COWAN, Charles|Jeanien Cowan]]''' (56), pilot’s wife killed in the crash of Mooney M20J [N201EN] on October 20.
 
*2008 '''[[COWAN, Charles|Patricia Carmichael]]''' (61), friend killed in the crash of Mooney M20J [N201EN] on October 20.
 
*2009 '''[[HOGLAND, Mark|Mark Hogland]]''' (48), pilot killed in plane crash near Mt. Orizaba on February 5.
 
*2009 '''[[GOLDBERG, Marshall|Marshall D. Goldberg]]''' (39), passenger killed in plane crash near Mt. Orizaba on February 5.
 
*2009 '''[[JUDD, Amy Marie|Amy Marie Judd]]''' (25), passenger killed in plane crash near Mt. Orizaba on February 5.
*2009  '''[[MYERS, Robert|Robert Myers]]'''  (50), drowned from a defective dry-suit rebreather hose while SCUBA diving on March 6.
 
*2009        '''[[LIAW, Anthony|Anthony Tsing-hwa Liaw]]''' (28), freediver drowned at Casino Point on June 20.
 
*2009  '''[[TOWLE, Mona “Betty”|Mona Towle]]''' (56), drowned while SCUBA diving at Casino Point August 13.
 
*2009        '''[[MARTI, Jesus|Jesus Marti]]''' (33) drowned while SCUBA night-diving for lobsters on October 3.
 
<span style="color:#FF0000">'''2010s'''</span>
 
*2010 '''[[LOEFFLER, Jeffrey|Jeffrey Loeffler]]''' (53), pilot died of a heart attack flying his Cessna 182P [N222CG] on July 1.
 
*2010    '''[[CIPRIANO, Frank|Frank Cipriano]]'''  (45), drowned in a dinghy accident near Eagle Reef in August.
 
*2010 '''[[EGGLESTON, Steve|Steve Eggleston]]''' (55), drowned while SCUBA diving near Valiant and Casino Point on Nov. 6.
 
*2011 '''[[ROBIE, James Raymond|James  Raymond Robie]]''' (61), drowned while SCUBA diving at Arrow Point on a certification dive on Jan. 16.
 
*2011 '''[[MEVA, Michel Mendo|Michel Mendo Meva]]''' drowned while SCUBA diving at Casino Point on March 5.
 
*2011 '''[fatality]''' drowned while SCUBA diving at Casino Point  on September 5.
 
*2011      '''[[CRUIT, Patrick|Patrick Cruit]]'''  (52) drowned during Buccaneer Days at the Isthmus on October 1.
 
*2012  '''[[RASCON, Mark|Mark Rascon]]'''  (47), drowned while SCUBA diving on July 27.
 
*2012  '''[fatality]'''  (63), drowned while diving with a rebreather at either Ship Rock or Bird Rock (Coast Guard notice) on September 1.
 
*2013 '''[[MEISTRELL, Robert|Bob Meistrell]]''' (84), Body Glove co-founder died aboard his boat, ''Disappearance'', at Cherry Cove on Fathers’ Day weekend in June.
 
*2014  '''[[MARTINELLI, Timothy|Timothy Michael Martinelli]]''' (64,) committed suicide by hanging on October 31.
 
*2014  '''[[ROYER, Jared|Jared Royer]]'''  (40),  drowned in a SCUBA accident near Indian Rock on August 29.
 
*2014    '''[[BUTTE, Robert|Robert Butte]]''' (65), accidentally drowned in Avalon Harbor on September 25.
 
*2014  '''[fatality]'''  drowned in a SCUBA accident on October 29.
 
*2014    '''[[MITCHELL, Timothy|Tim Mitchell]]''' (39), Harbor Patrol Assistant, accidentally drowned in Avalon Harbor's storm of December 30.
 
*2014    '''[[RYDER, Bruce|Bruce Raymond Ryder]]'''  (53), boat live-aboard, drowned in Avalon Harbor's storm of December 30.
 
*2015    '''[[HARRIS, Michael|Michael Harris]]'''  (26), killed in a late night dinghy accident at Descanso Bay September 6.
 
*2015    '''[[HAYDEN, Tyler|Tyler Hayden]]'''  (25), killed in a late night dinghy accident at Descanso Bay September 6.
 
*2015    '''[[NGUYEN, Belinda Joanne|Belinda Joanne Nguyen]]''' (22), was fatally struck by a boat propeller while snorkeling at the Isthmus on Sept. 10.
 
*2015      unidentified teen diver drowned while diving off Eagle Rock on October 13.
 
*2015  '''[[NICHOLS, Patric|Patric Nichols]]''' (57), drowned while SCUBA diving off the east end of the island December 19.
 
*2015  '''[[SILVER-VOLKER, Laurel|Laurel Silver-Volker]]'''  (45), drowned SCUBA diving at Ship Rock on December 27.
 
*2016  '''[[HARONIAN, Edmond|Edmond Haronian]]'''  (50), student pilot who disappeared with his flight instructor after thei Cessna 172 departed Santa Catalina Island on May 28.
 
*2016  '''[[GLAZIER, Jason|Jason Glazier]]'''  (52), flight instructor and his passenger disappeared after take-off from Airport in the Sky, Catalina Island on May 28.


2006 '''Steven B. Williams''' (59),     disc jockey murdered offshore by Harvey Morrow on May 18.  
*2016  '''[[ROBBINS, Alex|Alex Robbins]]''' (22), disappeared from his overturned skiff hit by a rogue wave on June 2.  


Los Angeles County Coroner's Office case #063815
*2016  '''[[Salta Verde Point, Santa Catalina Island|Kyung Hwan Kim]]''' (47) drowned in a skiff accident at Salta Verde Point on June 25.


2008 '''Emeric Maillet''' (33), pilot killed in the crash of Island Express Helicopter [N67GE] on May 24.
*2016  '''[[Salta Verde Point, Santa Catalina Island|Jason Jung Noh]]''' (62) drowned in a skiff accident at Salta Verde Point on June 25.


2008 '''John Terry''' (25), Employee killed in the crash of Island Express Helicopter [N67GE] on May 24.
*2016  '''[[Salta Verde Point, Santa Catalina Island|Young Joon Park]]''' (64) drowned in a skiff accident at Salta Verde Point on June 25.


2008 '''Tania Hurd''' (46), teacher  killed in the crash of Island Express Helicopter [N67GE] on May 24.
*2016  '''[[GALLIE, Christopher|Christopher Gallie]]''' (54) drowned while SCUBA diving at Two Harbors on December 3.  


2008 '''[Fatality]''' of a diver whodrowned at Casino Point on June 29.
*2017  '''[[CAMPOS, Christopher|Christopher Campos]]''' (60)  drowned while SCUBA diving at Two Harbors on September 30.


2008 '''Nicholas O’Neill Shafer''' (18), killed in a vehicle near Pebbly Beach by a Eucalytus branch on August 27.
*2017 '''[[WROBEL, Derek|Derek Wrobel]]''' (53), a resident of Huntington Beach, died shortly after SCUBA diving at Casino Point on November 9.


2008 '''Dr. Charles Cowan''' (74), pilot killed in the crash of Mooney M20J [N201EN] on October 20.
*2018 '''[[HART, Nicholas |Nicholas Hart ]]''' (63), a Trabuco Canyon resident drowned near Two Harbors on July 14.


2008 '''Jeanien Cowan''' (56), pilot’s wife killed in the crash of Mooney M20J [N201EN] on October 20.
*2018 '''[[RUBENSTEIN, Robert |Robert Rubenstein ]]''' (58), a Cerritos resident died while SCUBA diving off Lion's Head on August 25.


2008 '''Patricia Carmichael''' (61), friend killed in the crash of Mooney M20J [N201EN] on October 20.
*2019 '''[[YANG, Philip Su Chu|Philip Yang  ]]''' (60), was killed when his helicopter crashed into the island on


2009 '''Mark Hoagland''' (48), pilot killed in plane crash near Mt. Orizaba on February 5.
*2019 '''[[McGRANE, Sherrie Louise|Sherrie McGrane  ]]''' (43), a tourist from Gilbert, Arizona, died in a golf cart accident in August.


2009 '''Marshall D. Goldberg''' (39),  passenger killed in plane crash near Mt. Orizaba on February 5.


2009 '''Amy Marie Judd''' (25), passenger killed in plane crash near Mt. Orizaba on February 5.
Jennifer Gough case  #2020-01474  (Dec. 13, 1981-February 17, 2020) 39 years old
ship Carnival Cruise ship; Avalon
coroner 323 343-0711
cause of death - 1-3 months
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2009        '''Anthony Tsing-hwa Liaw''' (28), freediver drowned at Casino Point on June 20.
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2009      '''Jesus Marti''' (33), drowned while night-diving for lobsters on October 3.


2010 '''Jeffrey Loeffler''' (53), pilot died of a heart attack flying his Cessna 182P [N222CG] on July 1.
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2010 '''Steve Eggelston''' (55), drowned while SCUBA diving near Valiant and Casino Point on Nov. 6.


2011 '''James  Raymond Robie''' (61), Drowned while SCUBA diving at Arrow Point on a certification dive on Jan. 16.


2011 '''Michel Mendo Meva''' drowned while SCUBA diving at Casino Point on March 5.


2011 '''[Fatality]''' drowned while SCUBA diving at Casino Point  on September 5.  
'''July 30, 1926 [San Pedro News Pilot]:''' “Local man on tug sees body afloat. Believe woman was in skiff stolen near the club. Efforts to locate the body of a woman clad in a green bathing suit which was sighted floating face upwards in the sea several hundred yards off abalone point, Santa Catalina Island, yesterday by Engineer Heywood of the tug ''Vivo'', were without result up to this afternoon. Men in small boats under the direction of Clarence Patton, assistant chief criminal deputy sheriff, who is temporarily in charge of the constable's office at Avalon, had been searching the waters near the island since yesterday noon. A report that a man and woman who left Avalon, Catalina Island in a 40-foot launch, the ''Sea Dreamer'', were missing, was found to be incorrect when the owner of the boat, a Glendale man, reported that the craft reached San Pedro with the two on board. The man is now in Pasadena and the woman in Los Angeles, it was reported. The body of the woman was sighted in the ocean yesterday by Engineer Heywood of the tug ''Vivo''. The body disappeared after Heywood sighted it. The tug was unable to stop to pick up the body because it was towing two rock-laden barges. Instead, the engineer and the captain, Peacho Davis, reported the incident at Avalon. Heywood said the woman was wearing a green bathing suit with red Egyptian figures on the front and a white belt. She was floating face upward in the water, he said. Captain Davis said the tug had only proceeded a short distance further when a skiff, taken from the yacht ''Puritan'' at Avalon by a man and woman Wednesday afternoon, was found riding high on the waves with both of its oars laid inside. "I believe we will be able to find the body of the woman soon," Patton declared. "I am informed here that a strong tide setting to the westward yesterday may have carried the body several miles away from the island and probably brought it back again during the night.


2013 '''Bob Meistrell''' (84), Body Glove co-founder, died aboard his boat, ''Disappearance'', at Cherry Cove on Fathers’ Day weekend.


2013 '''Mona Towle''' (56), drowned while SCUBA diving at Casino Point August 13.
'''July 30, 1926 [San Pedro News Pilot]:''' “All efforts to identify body of woman fail. Fear local resident may be victim of foul play. Search is being made today for a woman's body, garbed in a green bathing suit with a white belt, which was sighted yesterday half a mile from Abalone Point, Catalina, by Engineer Heywood, the tug ''Vivo'', which was towing two rock barges. The men on the tug also saw an empty skiff belonging to the power yacht ''Puritan'', but were unable to stop to pick up the body because of the tow she had behind. The skiff was reported to be riding high and dry, with the oars carefully laid inside. Nobody has been reported missing from the island and the case is causing deep mystery at Avalon, where it is believed that the woman may have been the victim of foul play, or she may have become exhausted while swimming and drowned. D. M. Renton, superintendent at the island, dispatched a glass bottom boat and a seaplane to search for the body. Edwin J. Abbott, secretary of the Catalina Island Yacht Club, reported that the skiff was taken from its berth at the club out to sea, but was too far away when he saw them to be identified. The ''Puritan'' belongs to Irving W. Benton of 900 South Westlake Avenue, and he reported he gave nobody permission to use the skiff. It is believed that the couple may have used the skiff to set well out for a deep-sea swim by diving from the skiff, and that both may have drowned.




'''March 2006:''' The Harbor Mistress informed us that her husband died scuba diving the ''Valiant'' in Descanso Bay six years previously. Yikes, that was weird. She said that he was a dive instructor, tested gear for Rodale’s and used to dive alone for lobster every night. They did not have a clue why he drowned.  
'''December 14, 1927 [TI/Avalon]:''' “All indications point to murder,’ said Deputy Sheriff M. G. Weybright on the County Homicide Squad Thursday, after he had returned to Avalon with the unidentified remains of the man found near Seal Rocks. The clothing and bones were sent to the mainland for further examination. The local officers who accompanied Weybright, were Constable Tinch Moricich, City Marshall Don L. Alger and Deputy Constable Claude Walton, and it is understood that they have some strong clues which may clear up the mystery. The officers have two theories regarding the unidentified man’s death. First, that a duel was fought between two men who had landed in a rowboat on the rough beach near Seal Rocks, and secondly, that the man was killed and then robbed of a considerable sum. The officers are of the opinion that the tragedy occurred since last June. A watch found in the man’s pocket and laundry marks on the clothing have given the officers additional clues. On examination it was found that one shot had been fired from a Smith and Wesson 32 caliber revolver, and that the revolver was under the man’s left shoulder. The bullet which had caused the death was fired from a revolver of a much larger caliber. Some of the officers are of the opinion that the gun found with the body was ‘planted’ after the tragedy. Undisturbed, and in a patch of cactus, the body had been exposed to the elements for several months. The man was about 35 years of age, of light complexion, and six feet in height. He wore a suit of dark material, a cloth cap, blue shirt and a black leather belt. The coat pockets and the trousers pockets were turned inside out, and this and other data secured, led the officers to feel confident that the man had not taken his own life. The bullet which penetrated the man’s head entered the skull on the right side and caused instant death. The gun found under the body was opened at the cylinder. One cartridge had missed fire and one of the chambers in the cylinder was empty. There are no regular trails to the spot where the body was found, as this part of the island is seldom frequented, owing to the fact that goat hunting is prohibited in that section, and that it is difficult to land on the beach from a rowboat. The officers scouted the theory of accidental death while hunting.




'''NOTE — DEATHS WHILE DIVING AT CASINO POINT - 20 between 1994-2011)'''
'''October 2, 2014 [nbclosangeles.com]:''' “Body of missing diver found off Santa Catalina Island. A commercial diving boat captain reported that one of is divers had gone missing Monday afternoon. The body of a missing scuba diver has been recovered 100 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Santa Catalina Island, sheriff's department officials said Thursday. Search and rescue crews scoured the waters near Emerald Cove for two days after a commercial dive boat captain told the U.S. Coast Guard that a diver from his boat had gone missing. The captain said the diver surfaced from the water Monday afternoon, cried for help and then slipped back under water. Search teams from multiple agencies looked for the diver by air, boat and in dive teams. The identity of the scuba diver has not been released. Officials said Tuesday afternoon the effort had been shifted from a rescue operation to a recovery mission, as they no longer believe the diver was alive. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department dive crews continued the search. The investigation into the diver's disappearance is on-going.”


Capt. John Kades at the L.A. County Department of Coroner has done an excellent job of compiling fatality stats for L.A. County diving going back to 1994.


I am the Forensic Consultant for the LA Corner and I have only very sketchy info at this point (12 hours or so after the accident). How about if we pledge to stop speculating? If you have some direct first-hand information, I'd be happy to hear it. (Please contact me directly at 310/652-4990.)
'''June 4 [http://nbclosangeles.com]:''' “Divers were searching for a man off the Catalina Island coast Thursday after a boat he was on capsized, officials said. The victim and another man were on a 15-foot skiff near China Point about 11:30 a.m. when a rogue wave caused the vessel to overturn and threw the men into the water, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a news release. One of the men was able to swim back to the boat and alert the Coast Guard that he was suffering a medical emergency and that the other man had not surfaced, officials said. The man was taken to the hospital with injuries described as mild, and a dive team remained in the water in search of the other victim, a 22-year-old man who was wearing a black sweatshirt and pants. Neither of the men were wearing life jackets, the Coast Guard said.
Twenty people have died in eight plane crashes coming in or out of Airport in the Sky in the last decade, including the three Feb. 5., 2009. Before that wreck, the most recent crash happened a little more than three months ago, when three people were killed in a crash off the end of the runway.


2012 July 1 Plane crash killed pilot. 20-acre blaze. (see July 9, 2010)


2002 Two were killed when a plane crashed at the Airport-in-the-Sky when the pilor overshot the runway and caused a ¼ acre brush fire.
'''October 13, 2015 [Inland Valley Daily Bulletin]:''' “A teenage diver pulled unconscious from the waters off Catalina Island died Tuesday morning when life-saving efforts failed, officials said.” The unidentified teenager was scuba diving 60 to 90 feet under water at the Great Escape, a popular diving area near Eagle Reef, lifeguard Capt. Ken Haskett said. He was in cardiac arrest when rescuers reached him. Authorities are investigating the incident and cause of death. “The emergency happened at depth,” he said. “He may have run out of air, but we don’t know yet. Los Angeles County lifeguards and paramedics responded to a rescue call at 11:24 a.m. The boy, who was believed to be about 14 or 15 years old, was transported to the Catalina Hyperbaric Chambers and later pronounced dead. His 23-year-old diving partner was treated and is in stable condition.

Latest revision as of 03:17, 1 October 2021

NOTE: This list does not include those who died on the island in the 20th-21st centuries of natural causes in the City of Avalon (est. 1913). Murders occurred on the island in 1902, 1927, 1934, 1989, 2001 and 2006.


19th CENTURY DEATHS

  • 1856 Samuel Prentice died on the island and was buried at Johnson’s Landing (Emerald Bay.)
  • 1877 Eduard W. Tittman, brother of Otto H. Tittman, U. S. Coast Survey, died of tuberculosis.
  • 1883 Ah Lie died in a fire caused by an opium pipe.
  • 1885 Two men died quarrying rock for the San Pedro breakwater [September 19, 1885 Los Angeles TImes]
  • 1887 James Brown, captain who drowned at Santa Catalina Island when a rough sea capsized his boat on November 30.
  • 1887 Joseph Anderson, was drowned with Capt. James Brown when a rough sea capsized their boat on November 30.
  • 1888 A. Lund drowned at Santa Catalina Island, along with his brother and four friends, when their boat capsized on July 23.
  • 1889 Laura E. Pock (17) accidentally shot to death by Conrad S. Miller at his Avalon shooting range. His gun accidentally discharged killing the girl in a nearby tent on June 10.
  • 1890 William O’Neill, sailor from San Francisco drowned at the Isthmus in the wreck of the tug Alert.
  • 1891 James Downey (39), killed in a quarry landslide in May. [Loud Diary]


20th CENTURY DEATHS

  • 1901 Mrs. C. Chester, died from a fall during a hike while on morphine August 2.
  • 1902 S. F. Knight was swept from the deck of the Warrior and was drowned in May.
  • 1902 Percy F. Miel a.k.a. P. L. Turner died by seizure falling out of a rowboat at Avalon June 29.
  • 1902 William A. Yeager, gambler and card shark who was shot and killed at the Hotel Metropole August 13. First recorded island murder.
  • 1902 W. H. Palmer of Houston, TX died suddenly on August 30 at the Hotel Metropole.
  • 1902 George Seligson (21), committed suicide by jumping into the bay from the end of the wharf October 3.
  • 1907 Bernie Hurst (17), drowned at "Jim Johnson's harbor on September 28.
  • 1908 B. F. Pollard (23), was found drowned at Avalon Bay about 50 feet from shore lying in eight feet of water on June 30.
  • 1908 F. B. Giles (18), was found drowned in five feet of water on Aug. 17.
  • 1908 Gus Backberg fisherman believed to have drowned off the island's west end on October 13.
  • 1911 Benjamin Evans (75), was found drowned in the water at Pebbly Beach April 13.
  • 1914 James H. Whitley, probable suicide, his body later identified, washed ashore at Descanso Bay November 13.
  • 1917 Henry L. Bauer (69), either drowned or committed suicide. Clothing was left at Pebbly Beach on June 26.
  • 1919 Samuel Westbrook (38), drowned at Sea Rocks when he fell off his launch Arrow.

1920s (20 above + 25 in 1920s)

  • 1921 3 killed in a Curtiss Flying Boat, USN, that crashed into headland south of Avalon.
  • 1921 [unnamed] killed in a Curtiss Flying Boat, USN, that crashed into headland south of Avalon.
  • 1921 [unnamed] killed in a Curtiss Flying Boat, USN, that crashed into headland south of Avalon.
  • 1923 Earl B. Brix was killed in a Curtiss F-5L seaplane on January 19.
  • 1925 Edward Swanson (25), was killed at the rock quarry by a falling rock on December 4.
  • 1926 E. L. Roberts (50), was killed by a falling rock at the Black Jack Mine on February 11.
  • 1926 C. G. Davis was killed while filming off the Isthmus by a premature explosion of a cannon June 27.
  • 1926 Mrs. E. B. Tyler was killed when Hugh G. Chaffe’s new 45-foot cruiser Una C exploded on July 4.
  • 1926 Doris Riggins (2), was killed when Hugh G. Chaffe’s new 45-foot cruiser Una C exploded on July 4.
  • 1926 Harley Miller (10), drowned while attending summer camp at Catalina Harbor on July 6.
  • 1926 Woman's body afloat in a green bathing suit at Abalone Point on July 30. [see below]
  • 1926 David A. Finn disappeared from Hotel Hermosa and was believed to have drowned on Sept. 20.
  • 1926 James McKinley died of starvation in an open yawl in December. His partner made it to Santa Catalina Island.
  • 1927 Charles M. Collins (45), engineer killed when he fell down an elevator shaft at a local hotel on July 4.
  • 1927 Albert Anderson (37) died as a result of a fire aboard the fishing vessel Katherine in August.
  • 1927 Unidentified body Murder. found shot to death near Seal Rocks in Dec.; murder was several months earlier.
  • 1929 Charles R. German (45) was killed in a fall from staging during construction of the Casino.

1930s (26)

  • 1930 Humphrey Williams (50), threw himself in front of a ten-ton truck on the Pebbly Beach Road June 28.
  • 1931 January 14.
  • 1931 Cresenciano Saldaña was beaten up and pushed down Monkeytown Hill on January 20. He broke his neck on the way down.
  • 1931 Edwin W. Rogers (19), accidentally shot himself while goat hunting at the Isthmus on October 18.
  • 1932 Walter Conrad (17), was accidentally killed by the discharge of a shotgun at Middle Ranch on July 11.
  • 1933 George R. Baker, Catalina Airline amphibian plane co-pilot, was killed taking off on Nov. 2.
  • 1934 E. R. McCormick (43), of Avalon, was killed by a landslide at the Rohl-Connolly Quarry on July 23.
  • 1934 Robert Vaughn Murder. was murdered in an altercation on a yacht at Catalina in September.
  • 1934 Herman Bermudez (34), of Avalon, was killed in a Catalina Quarry explosion on November 12.
  • 1934 Manuel Flores (20), of Avalon, was killed in a Catalina Quarry explosion on November 12.
  • 1934 Angel Hernandez (28), of Avalon, was killed in a Catalina Quarry explosion on November 12.
  • 1934 Tom Halborson (51), was killed in a Catalina Quarry explosion on November 12.
  • 1934 Kenneth E. Smith (22), was killed in a Catalina Quarry explosion on November 12.
  • 1934 Russell Landers (49), was killed in a Catalina Quarry explosion on November 12.
  • 1934 Marion Hall (22), was killed in a Catalina Quarry explosion on November 12.
  • 1934 Pete Hansen (56), was killed in a Catalina Quarry explosion on November 12.
  • 1935 Homer Harrington (46), was killed at the Catalina Island rock pit by a landslide on January 17.
  • 1935 Elmer Bergland (30), was killed in a rock slide at the Catalina Island Quarry one morning last week (Sept.)
  • 1936 Walter F. Jensen (44), fell overboard while fishing and drowned on August 29.
  • 1936 William Popham (22), killed himself by leaping off the balcony of the Casino on September 9.
  • 1939 R. H. Morrison (43), was killed in Avalon in a gas water heater explosion on May 13.
  • 1939 Jack Griffith (19) was drowned off a fishing boat three miles off the island on September 3.
  • 1939 John Hamilton was drowned when he was swept of his yacht Success on September 24.

1940s (14)

  • 1940s [fatality] Murder.
  • 1944 Kenneth G. Calmer (23), Coast Guard Yeoman at Avalon, drowned in the San Simeon wreck on October 15.
  • 1944 Thomas H. Ralston, killed when Goodyear Blimp USN K-111 crashed into the hills above Avalon October 17.
  • 1944 Thomas R. Smith killed when Goodyear Blimp USN K-111 crashed into the hills above Avalon October 17.
  • 1944 Wallis H. Marriage killed when Goodyear Blimp USN K-111 crashed into the hills above Avalon October 17.
  • 1944 Edward T. Gorski killed when Goodyear Blimp USN K-111 crashed into the hills above Avalon October 17.
  • 1944 Gordon F. Kaiser killed when Goodyear Blimp USN K-111 crashed into the hills above Avalon October 17.
  • 1944 Preston L. Girard killed when Goodyear Blimp USN K-111 crashed into the hills above Avalon October 17.
  • 1944-5 [Pilot] drowned in kelp beds when he bailed from his Vought F4U USN.
  • 1946 Robert Mitchell Ross (11), drowned diving for coins. He is said to have swallowed one, on July 25.
  • 1946 Skippy MacRae (11), dove off the Pleasure Pier and suffered a fatal head injury.


1950s

  • 1950 Robert Johnson (24), drowned abalone diving at Santa Catalina Island on November 1.
  • 1950 Edward Abrahamson (24), accidentally shot himself in the chest aboard his boat at Santa Catalina Island on December 3.
  • 1951 Robert H. Nash (32), killed in the crash of a Grumman TBM-3E into Catalina Island on August 28, 1951.
  • 1951 Dale J. Stearns (32), killed in the crash of a Grumman TBM-3E into Catalina Island on August 28, 1951.
  • 1951 Vern Dean Cain (23), killed in the crash of a Grumman TBM-3E into Catalina Island on August 28, 1951.
  • 1951 Charles T. Chaney (29) killed in the crash of a Grumman TBM-3E into Catalina Island on August 28, 1951.
  • 1954 Hugo Walters (31), drowned when their power boat sank off the island on June 13.
  • 1954 Don McGuire (27), drowned when their power boat sank off the island on June 13.
  • 1954 Louis LaRicca (28), drowned when his boat sank on October 21.
  • 1957 George Dawson drowned off Catalina Island on November 3, 1957.
  • 1957 Grace Dawson drowned off Catalina Island on November 3, 1957.
  • 1957 Helen Frew killed in a jeep accident on Catalina Island on December 25, 1957.
  • 1958 Terence Frenzel (13), was accidentally shot by Jimmy Price on Feb. 25.
  • 1958 Henry Alto Hill (27), drowned while SCUBA diving at Emerald Bay on April 13.
  • 1958 Jeanne Turner (45), drowned when their outboard boat capsized on April 13.
  • 1958 Vincent Mazor (45), drowned when their outboard boat capsized on April 13.
  • 1958 Dean Connery (22), drowned while SCUBA diving off the island July 20.
  • 1958 Edgar Hinton (39), one of three killed in a plane crash October 12.
  • 1959 Eddie Glen Gamble (54), died of a heart attack after catching the jackpot yellowtail on July 23.
  • 1959 Donald Appa (43), drowned after falling from the pier at Emerald Bay in early October.

1960s

  • 1960 Howard H. Holden (34), was killed in a plane crash May 7.
  • 1960 Robert T. Woyaich was killed in a plane crash May 7.
  • 1961 Armand S. Blough (32), was drowned while scuba diving at Goat Harbor July 13.
  • 1961 Ross M. Bryce (39), was drowned while skin diving November 12.
  • 1962 Peter Small (35), drowned in an accident of the submersible, Atlantis I, on Dec. 3.
  • 1963 Gary Weber (19), drowned while diving off White's Landing December 1.
  • 1964 David Schoen (28), drowned on a fishing trip with Andrew Phillips in May.
  • 1965 Joe M. Gonzales (54), was killed in a fall at the quarry on January 29.
  • 1965 Bjorn Thornes (27), drowned while SCUBA diving near Big Fishermans Cove on September 19.
  • 1965 Robert Heard (34), drowned while swimming on October 23.
  • 1965 Mrs. Antonie Hall (29), drowned off the island on a scuba-diving trip on October 9.
  • 1966 Harry K. Orbach (41), missing and presumed drowned from his boat at Avalon Harbor during the storm of January 16.
  • 1966 [fatality] killed in a Cessna 150A plane crash [N7160X] August 9.
  • 1967 [fatality] killed in a Piper PA-24 plane crash on May 27.
  • 1967 Maxine Starkey (46), drowned in kelp while SCUBA diving on May 28.
  • 1967 Sally Phillippi (27), pilot’s wife killed in their Piper PA-24 on September 12.
  • 1967 Gilbert Renbarger (60), Pilot’s father-in-law killed in the airplane accident on September 12.
  • 1967 Arlene Renbarger (57), Pilot’s mother-in-law killed in the airplane accident on September 12.
  • 1967 Ron Wilhite (35), drowned in a SCUBA diving accident on September 23.
  • 1968 Kevin Earley (41), drowned in a diving accident off Ship Rock on May 4.
  • 1968 William Badger (32), drowned in a diving accident off Ship Rock on May 4.
  • 1968 [fatality] killed in a Grumman G-21A [N325] plane crash September 29.
  • 1968 Robert Fry (52), drowned in a diving accident at the Isthmus on Oct. 2.
  • 1969 [fatality] killed when a McDonnell Douglas F-4B USN hit a ridge on January 10.
  • 1969 [fatality] killed when a McDonnell Douglas F-4B USN hit a ridge on January 10.
  • 1969 Billie W. Ray (28), one of 5 fatalities when their Grumman E-1B USN hit Silver Peak on February 18.
  • 1969 Melvin D. Brewer (28), one of 5 fatalities when their Grumman E-1B USN hit Silver Peak on February 18.
  • 1969 Francis Horahan (25), one of 5 fatalities when their Grumman E-1B USN hit Silver Peak on February 18.
  • 1969 Edward Karaldsen (27), one of 5 fatalities when their Grumman E-1B USN hit Silver Peak on February 18.
  • 1969 Larry W. Garrison (25), one of 5 fatalities when their Grumman E-1B USN hit Silver Peak on February 18.
  • 1969 Jesse L. Jones (41), drowned while SCUBA diving at Hamilton Beach on August 17.

1970s

  • 1970 Robert Hill (38), killed in their boat when a Grumman Goose hit them while landing.
  • 1970 Clarence Nurmi (45), killed in their boat when a Grumman Goose hit them while landing.
  • 1970 Edward Haaker (43), drowned while SCUBA diving near the Isthmus on September 6.
  • 1970 Matthew Evantov (10), drowned while skindiving by his father's boat in September.
  • 1970 Larry Headlee (32), salvage diver drowned in a submarine on September 21.
  • 1971 Robert E. Jones (49), drowned while swimming off Catalina Island on July 25.
  • 1971 Edward B. Hoye (60), drowned while scuba diving at Parson's Landing August 18.
  • 1972 George Jones (56), drowned at Big Fisherman Cove on February 20.
  • 1972 David Keith Hahn (28), drowned in a diving accident at Empire Landing on November 2.
  • 1973 [fatality] killed in a Piper PA-24 [N5334P] on January 14.
  • 1973 Michael Koontz (18), drowned while skin diving at Cherry Cove on April 1.
  • 1973 Barry Hoskin (26), drowned near Arrow Point on April 11.
  • 1973 Lisa Holmes (15), drowned at Blue Caverns on May 26.
  • 1973 Joseph H. Casper (34), drowned SCUBA diving at Little Geiger Cove on August 26.
  • 1973 James Pudoff (26), drowned while SCUBA diving at Little Harbor November 4.
  • 1974 3 drownings in 3 weekends
  • 1974 Larry J. Mehlman (21), drowned while scuba diving off the north side of Catalina June 29.
  • 1974 Karen Shaffer (26), drowned while SCUBA diving near Arrow Point on July 7.
  • 1974 Carl B. Rhodes (37), drowned scuba diving at Catalina Island on September 15.
  • 1974 Lawrence Mason (26), drowned on his first dive after being certified on December 15.
  • 1976 [fatality] killed in a Beechcraft D45 [N14406] on November 5.
  • 1976 Joseph Jerhoff (39), drowned while SCUBA diving off his boat with two friends on November 16.
  • 1977 [fatality] killed in a Grumman Goose G-21 [N979SB] on August 19.
  • 1977 Charles C. Clifford (38), pilot killed in a Beechcraft E18S [N979SB] on August 22.
  • 1977 Robert G. Graves (38), killed in a Beechcraft E18S [N979SB] on August 22.
  • 1977 Colin Buckman (18) drowned while SCUBA diving at Cherry Cove September 11.
  • 1977 [fatality] killed in Bellanca 7ECA [N5233X] on December 14.
  • 1978 Mary Pesci (21) of Fullerton, drowned SCUBA diving at Ribbon Rock November 24.
  • 1978 Andrew Rich (23) of Santa Ana, drowned SCUBA diving at Ribbon Rock November 24.
  • 1978 Cal Brian Watts (23), killed when his 4WD rolled over at the lower dump on November 30.
  • 1979 Ruth Gardner (81), killed in a Catalina Air Grumman [N11CS] on April 14.
  • 1979 David Lee Riddle (38), pilot killed in his Piper PA-28 [N8432C] on December 10.
  • 1979 Eddie Reyes (20), passenger killed in Piper PA-28 [N8432C] on December 10.


1980s (32)

  • 1980 Mark Anthony Felice (30), passenger killed in the crash of his cousin’s Piper PA-32 on January 26.
  • 1981 Natalie Wood (43), drowned off Robert Wagner’s boat at anchor on November 29.
  • 1981 Miguel Ortega (24) was killed in the crash of a Catalina Airlines Sikorsky S-62A helicopter [N324Y] February 22.
  • 1981 Lior Levy was killed in the crash of a Catalina Airlines Sikorsky S-62A helicopter [N324Y] February 22.
  • 1982 Alfred Asterman was killed when his Wing D-1 crashed on Catalina Island on June 11.
  • 1982 [fatality] passenger killed in a Wing D-1 crash on June 11.
  • 1983 Max Reinstein (62), pilot killed in a Piper PA-28-161 crash [N2239M] on January 3.
  • 1983 James Henry Gibbons (40), passenger killed in a Piper PA-28-161 crash [N2239M] on January 3.
  • 1984 Kenneth Doyle Plante (37), pilot killed in the crash of Leerjet 24 [N44GA] on January 30.
  • 1984 David Soderling (28), Co-pilot killed in the crash of Leerjet 24 [N44GA] on January 30.
  • 1984 Steven A. Berardi (42), was killed in the crash of Leerjet 24 [N44GA] on January 30.
  • 1984 Heather Berardi (40), was killed in the crash of Leerjet 24 [N44GA] on January 30.
  • 1984 Joe L. Denison (49), was killed in the crash of Leerjet 24 [N44GA] on January 30.
  • 1984 Oralyn Ann Denison (50), was killed in the crash of Leerjet 24 [N44GA] on January 30.
  • 1984 [fatality] killed in Piper Lance [N30298] on May 20.
  • 1984 [fatality] killed in Piper Lance [N30298] on May 20.
  • 1985 [fatality] killed in a McDonnell Douglas F-18 on January 18.
  • 1985 Hossein Habibi (28), passenger killed in a Bell 206-L Jet Ranger on December 3.
  • 1986 RODRIGUEZ FAMILY Thomas J. Rodriguez (30), Petra M. Rodriguez (29), and Trisha Rodriguez (5); and Allen Wheeler (34), and his wife Corinne Wheeler (33) drowned when their vessel D.C. II capsized returning from Santa Catalina Island on May 18.
  • 1987 Frank Sporer (65), drowned while SCUBA diving at the Isthmus on May 31.
  • 1987 Harold Stern (60), drowned while diving off Catalina Island on June 7.
  • 1988 Thomas Fortuna (35), drowned when his sailing catamaran capsized on May 29.
  • 1988 William Glose (33), killed when boat Impulse crashed into rocks at Lovers Cove in Dec.
  • 1988 Sean Caudillo (22), was killed when boat Impulse crashed into rocks at Lovers Cove.
  • 1988 Virginia M. Lopez (56), was killed by a Fineline Truck in her golf cart Dec. 24.
  • 1989 Gail Lynn Pisula (34), Murder. was murdered by her boyfriend, Bruce Kingman (42), on April 20.
  • 1989 Bryan Ballanger was killed in an accident involving the filming of Red October on Jule 14.
  • 1989 Robert Reid (84), was drowned in a boating accident on November 24.
  • 1989 Thelma Reid (75), was drowned in a boating accident on November 24.
  • 1989 Charles Reid was drowned in a boating accident on November 24.

1990s (21)

  • 1991 Jay Mallen drowned off the dive boat Atlantis at Big Geiger Cove on April 14.
  • 1991 Kenneth W. Howard (34), drowned collecting fish at Isthmus Reef for aquaria on on May 15.
  • 1992 [fatality] killed in a Beechcraft A-36 [N583T] on May 2.
  • 1992 Edward Hayes (71), drowned SCUBA diving at Catalina Harbor on June 6.
  • 1993 [fatality] killed in a Beechcraft E-33 [N7882R] on February 15.
  • 1993 Laura Stein (42), killed when her Dodge Ram 150 Van drove off a cliff on May 27.
  • 1994 Jeffrey Noel Matson (33), killed in a Cessna 152 [N93508] on April 5.
  • 1995 Mark Steven Hopkins (44), drowned off Lion's Head Point on August 27.
  • 1996 Linda Seals (45), drowned trying to rescue her children from heavy surf on April 13.
  • 1997 [fatality] , pilot killed in Piper PA-28-161 [N8436X].
  • 1998 Darin Cameron (19), pilot killed in Cessna 172N [N6514E] on May 7.
  • 1998 Audrey Nizich (24) (sister) killed in Cessna 172N [N6514E] on May 7.
  • 1998 Peter Nizich (19) (brother) killed in Cessna 172N [N6514E] on May 7.
  • 1998 Jennifer Ortega (19), passenger killed in Cessna 172N [N6514E] on May 7.
  • 1998 Daniel Welker (28), pilot killed on Silver Peak in Cessna 152 [N49770] on September 30.
  • 1999 Walter L. Cecil (44), pilot killed in a Piper Aerostar 600 [N97CC] on November 21.
  • 1999 David Ramirez, Jr. (18), fell from the roof of the Glenmore Hotel after high school prom.

2000s

  • 2000 John Olsen (45), died in a SCUBA dive accident on May 27.
  • 2002 [fatality] (54), killed in Beechcraft 58TC [N2102L] on Aug. 2.
  • 2002 [fatality] (48) killed in Beechcraft 58TC [N2102L] on Aug. 2.
  • 2003 Scott Eric Hegger (35), pilot killed in a Piper-PA-34-200T [N3747U] on December 24.
  • 2003 Francine Gaume (44), passenger from France killed on December 24.
  • 2003 Justine Gaume (8), daughter of Francine Gaume killed on December 24.
  • 2003 Lucas Gaume (6). son of Francine Gaume killed on December 24.
  • 2004 Nelson Holl (51) drowned in a SCUBA diving accident on September 5.
  • 2005 Raffi Huverserian (c. 50) died as a result of SCUBA diving at Casino Point on March 30.
  • 2005 Frank M. Saldana (68), committed suicide by hanging March 31.
  • 2005 [fatality], pilot killed in an Avion Robbins R [N216RN] Aug. 31.
  • 2005 [fatality], pilot killed in Cessna 172RG [N9636B] on Sept. 7.
  • 2005 [fatality], killed in Cessna 172RG [N9636B] on Sept. 7.
  • 2006 [fatality] drowned while SCUBA diving at Casino Point in March.
  • 2006 Steven B. Williams (59), Murder. disc jockey murdered offshore by Harvey Morrow on May 18. Los Angeles County Coroner's Office case #063815
  • 2008 Emeric Maillet (33), pilot killed in the crash of Island Express Helicopter [N67GE] on May 24.
  • 2008 John Terry (25), employee killed in the crash of Island Express Helicopter [N67GE] on May 24.
  • 2008 Tania Hurd (46), teacher killed in the crash of Island Express Helicopter [N67GE] on May 24.
  • 2008 Timothy Hatch (31), drowned while free diving off his fathers boat at Palisades on June 15.
  • 2008 David Pike (50) SCUBA diver drowned at Casino Point on June 29.
  • 2008 Charles Cowan (74), pilot killed in the crash of Mooney M20J [N201EN] on October 20.
  • 2008 Jeanien Cowan (56), pilot’s wife killed in the crash of Mooney M20J [N201EN] on October 20.
  • 2008 Patricia Carmichael (61), friend killed in the crash of Mooney M20J [N201EN] on October 20.
  • 2009 Mark Hogland (48), pilot killed in plane crash near Mt. Orizaba on February 5.
  • 2009 Amy Marie Judd (25), passenger killed in plane crash near Mt. Orizaba on February 5.
  • 2009 Robert Myers (50), drowned from a defective dry-suit rebreather hose while SCUBA diving on March 6.
  • 2009 Mona Towle (56), drowned while SCUBA diving at Casino Point August 13.
  • 2009 Jesus Marti (33) drowned while SCUBA night-diving for lobsters on October 3.

2010s

  • 2010 Jeffrey Loeffler (53), pilot died of a heart attack flying his Cessna 182P [N222CG] on July 1.
  • 2010 Frank Cipriano (45), drowned in a dinghy accident near Eagle Reef in August.
  • 2010 Steve Eggleston (55), drowned while SCUBA diving near Valiant and Casino Point on Nov. 6.
  • 2011 James Raymond Robie (61), drowned while SCUBA diving at Arrow Point on a certification dive on Jan. 16.
  • 2011 [fatality] drowned while SCUBA diving at Casino Point on September 5.
  • 2011 Patrick Cruit (52) drowned during Buccaneer Days at the Isthmus on October 1.
  • 2012 Mark Rascon (47), drowned while SCUBA diving on July 27.
  • 2012 [fatality] (63), drowned while diving with a rebreather at either Ship Rock or Bird Rock (Coast Guard notice) on September 1.
  • 2013 Bob Meistrell (84), Body Glove co-founder died aboard his boat, Disappearance, at Cherry Cove on Fathers’ Day weekend in June.
  • 2014 Jared Royer (40), drowned in a SCUBA accident near Indian Rock on August 29.
  • 2014 Robert Butte (65), accidentally drowned in Avalon Harbor on September 25.
  • 2014 [fatality] drowned in a SCUBA accident on October 29.
  • 2014 Tim Mitchell (39), Harbor Patrol Assistant, accidentally drowned in Avalon Harbor's storm of December 30.
  • 2014 Bruce Raymond Ryder (53), boat live-aboard, drowned in Avalon Harbor's storm of December 30.
  • 2015 Michael Harris (26), killed in a late night dinghy accident at Descanso Bay September 6.
  • 2015 Tyler Hayden (25), killed in a late night dinghy accident at Descanso Bay September 6.
  • 2015 Belinda Joanne Nguyen (22), was fatally struck by a boat propeller while snorkeling at the Isthmus on Sept. 10.
  • 2015 unidentified teen diver drowned while diving off Eagle Rock on October 13.
  • 2015 Patric Nichols (57), drowned while SCUBA diving off the east end of the island December 19.
  • 2016 Edmond Haronian (50), student pilot who disappeared with his flight instructor after thei Cessna 172 departed Santa Catalina Island on May 28.
  • 2016 Jason Glazier (52), flight instructor and his passenger disappeared after take-off from Airport in the Sky, Catalina Island on May 28.
  • 2016 Alex Robbins (22), disappeared from his overturned skiff hit by a rogue wave on June 2.
  • 2016 Kyung Hwan Kim (47) drowned in a skiff accident at Salta Verde Point on June 25.
  • 2016 Jason Jung Noh (62) drowned in a skiff accident at Salta Verde Point on June 25.
  • 2016 Young Joon Park (64) drowned in a skiff accident at Salta Verde Point on June 25.
  • 2017 Derek Wrobel (53), a resident of Huntington Beach, died shortly after SCUBA diving at Casino Point on November 9.
  • 2018 Nicholas Hart (63), a Trabuco Canyon resident drowned near Two Harbors on July 14.
  • 2018 Robert Rubenstein (58), a Cerritos resident died while SCUBA diving off Lion's Head on August 25.
  • 2019 Philip Yang (60), was killed when his helicopter crashed into the island on
  • 2019 Sherrie McGrane (43), a tourist from Gilbert, Arizona, died in a golf cart accident in August.


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In the News~

July 30, 1926 [San Pedro News Pilot]: “Local man on tug sees body afloat. Believe woman was in skiff stolen near the club. Efforts to locate the body of a woman clad in a green bathing suit which was sighted floating face upwards in the sea several hundred yards off abalone point, Santa Catalina Island, yesterday by Engineer Heywood of the tug Vivo, were without result up to this afternoon. Men in small boats under the direction of Clarence Patton, assistant chief criminal deputy sheriff, who is temporarily in charge of the constable's office at Avalon, had been searching the waters near the island since yesterday noon. A report that a man and woman who left Avalon, Catalina Island in a 40-foot launch, the Sea Dreamer, were missing, was found to be incorrect when the owner of the boat, a Glendale man, reported that the craft reached San Pedro with the two on board. The man is now in Pasadena and the woman in Los Angeles, it was reported. The body of the woman was sighted in the ocean yesterday by Engineer Heywood of the tug Vivo. The body disappeared after Heywood sighted it. The tug was unable to stop to pick up the body because it was towing two rock-laden barges. Instead, the engineer and the captain, Peacho Davis, reported the incident at Avalon. Heywood said the woman was wearing a green bathing suit with red Egyptian figures on the front and a white belt. She was floating face upward in the water, he said. Captain Davis said the tug had only proceeded a short distance further when a skiff, taken from the yacht Puritan at Avalon by a man and woman Wednesday afternoon, was found riding high on the waves with both of its oars laid inside. "I believe we will be able to find the body of the woman soon," Patton declared. "I am informed here that a strong tide setting to the westward yesterday may have carried the body several miles away from the island and probably brought it back again during the night.”


July 30, 1926 [San Pedro News Pilot]: “All efforts to identify body of woman fail. Fear local resident may be victim of foul play. Search is being made today for a woman's body, garbed in a green bathing suit with a white belt, which was sighted yesterday half a mile from Abalone Point, Catalina, by Engineer Heywood, the tug Vivo, which was towing two rock barges. The men on the tug also saw an empty skiff belonging to the power yacht Puritan, but were unable to stop to pick up the body because of the tow she had behind. The skiff was reported to be riding high and dry, with the oars carefully laid inside. Nobody has been reported missing from the island and the case is causing deep mystery at Avalon, where it is believed that the woman may have been the victim of foul play, or she may have become exhausted while swimming and drowned. D. M. Renton, superintendent at the island, dispatched a glass bottom boat and a seaplane to search for the body. Edwin J. Abbott, secretary of the Catalina Island Yacht Club, reported that the skiff was taken from its berth at the club out to sea, but was too far away when he saw them to be identified. The Puritan belongs to Irving W. Benton of 900 South Westlake Avenue, and he reported he gave nobody permission to use the skiff. It is believed that the couple may have used the skiff to set well out for a deep-sea swim by diving from the skiff, and that both may have drowned.”


December 14, 1927 [TI/Avalon]: “All indications point to murder,’ said Deputy Sheriff M. G. Weybright on the County Homicide Squad Thursday, after he had returned to Avalon with the unidentified remains of the man found near Seal Rocks. The clothing and bones were sent to the mainland for further examination. The local officers who accompanied Weybright, were Constable Tinch Moricich, City Marshall Don L. Alger and Deputy Constable Claude Walton, and it is understood that they have some strong clues which may clear up the mystery. The officers have two theories regarding the unidentified man’s death. First, that a duel was fought between two men who had landed in a rowboat on the rough beach near Seal Rocks, and secondly, that the man was killed and then robbed of a considerable sum. The officers are of the opinion that the tragedy occurred since last June. A watch found in the man’s pocket and laundry marks on the clothing have given the officers additional clues. On examination it was found that one shot had been fired from a Smith and Wesson 32 caliber revolver, and that the revolver was under the man’s left shoulder. The bullet which had caused the death was fired from a revolver of a much larger caliber. Some of the officers are of the opinion that the gun found with the body was ‘planted’ after the tragedy. Undisturbed, and in a patch of cactus, the body had been exposed to the elements for several months. The man was about 35 years of age, of light complexion, and six feet in height. He wore a suit of dark material, a cloth cap, blue shirt and a black leather belt. The coat pockets and the trousers pockets were turned inside out, and this and other data secured, led the officers to feel confident that the man had not taken his own life. The bullet which penetrated the man’s head entered the skull on the right side and caused instant death. The gun found under the body was opened at the cylinder. One cartridge had missed fire and one of the chambers in the cylinder was empty. There are no regular trails to the spot where the body was found, as this part of the island is seldom frequented, owing to the fact that goat hunting is prohibited in that section, and that it is difficult to land on the beach from a rowboat. The officers scouted the theory of accidental death while hunting.”


October 2, 2014 [nbclosangeles.com]: “Body of missing diver found off Santa Catalina Island. A commercial diving boat captain reported that one of is divers had gone missing Monday afternoon. The body of a missing scuba diver has been recovered 100 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Santa Catalina Island, sheriff's department officials said Thursday. Search and rescue crews scoured the waters near Emerald Cove for two days after a commercial dive boat captain told the U.S. Coast Guard that a diver from his boat had gone missing. The captain said the diver surfaced from the water Monday afternoon, cried for help and then slipped back under water. Search teams from multiple agencies looked for the diver by air, boat and in dive teams. The identity of the scuba diver has not been released. Officials said Tuesday afternoon the effort had been shifted from a rescue operation to a recovery mission, as they no longer believe the diver was alive. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department dive crews continued the search. The investigation into the diver's disappearance is on-going.”


June 4 [1]: “Divers were searching for a man off the Catalina Island coast Thursday after a boat he was on capsized, officials said. The victim and another man were on a 15-foot skiff near China Point about 11:30 a.m. when a rogue wave caused the vessel to overturn and threw the men into the water, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a news release. One of the men was able to swim back to the boat and alert the Coast Guard that he was suffering a medical emergency and that the other man had not surfaced, officials said. The man was taken to the hospital with injuries described as mild, and a dive team remained in the water in search of the other victim, a 22-year-old man who was wearing a black sweatshirt and pants. Neither of the men were wearing life jackets, the Coast Guard said.”


October 13, 2015 [Inland Valley Daily Bulletin]: “A teenage diver pulled unconscious from the waters off Catalina Island died Tuesday morning when life-saving efforts failed, officials said.” The unidentified teenager was scuba diving 60 to 90 feet under water at the Great Escape, a popular diving area near Eagle Reef, lifeguard Capt. Ken Haskett said. He was in cardiac arrest when rescuers reached him. Authorities are investigating the incident and cause of death. “The emergency happened at depth,” he said. “He may have run out of air, but we don’t know yet. Los Angeles County lifeguards and paramedics responded to a rescue call at 11:24 a.m. The boy, who was believed to be about 14 or 15 years old, was transported to the Catalina Hyperbaric Chambers and later pronounced dead. His 23-year-old diving partner was treated and is in stable condition.”