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1984  '''[[UTSINGER, John|John Utsinger]]''' (21), killed in a helicopter crash with three others on June 1.
 
1984  '''[[UTSINGER, John|John Utsinger]]''' (21), killed in a helicopter crash with three others on June 1.
  
1986 '''[[REBER, Boyd|Boyd Reber]]''' (38), fisherman killed when the ''Cindy Fay''’s anchor hit unexploded ordinance.
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1986 '''[[REBER, Boyd|Boyd Reber]]''' (38), fisherman killed when the ''Cindy Fay''’s anchor hit unexploded ordnance.
  
 
1986 '''[[REBER, Boyd|Francis Germano]]''' (21), crewman killed when the ''Cindy Fay'' exploded while anchored offshore.  
 
1986 '''[[REBER, Boyd|Francis Germano]]''' (21), crewman killed when the ''Cindy Fay'' exploded while anchored offshore.  

Revision as of 15:49, 1 August 2020

19th CENTURY DEATHS

c. 1883 Mr. C. Frankel wandered from camp and was never found.

1883 Chinese Name unknown, Chinese fisherman drowned on November 23.

1888 Unidentified man body of an unknown man washed ashore.

1890 John Innes killed in a fall on San Clemente Island.

1892 Ah Gin died on San Clemente Island under mysterious circumstances. Lee Duc was with him, but later disappeared.

1899 Tom Gallagher sheepman, died on San Clemente Island and was buried there.


20th CENTURY DEATHS

1907 Verne Ward, Los Angeles youth drowned at San Clemente Island.

1912 Captain "Ships" Benman drowned in the wreck of the Dora in March.

1915 Amos Moyer crawfisherman drowned off San Clemente Island on Feb. 2.

1915 Will Pierson San Pedro sailor drowned off San Clemente Island on December 1.

1916 Lorenzo Higuera accidentally shot himself while hunting.

1923 Salvador Ramirez, aka Chinetti, Island hermit found dead in his shack.

1923 Anton Hansen fisherman drowned when his skiff capsized in December.

1927 Henry Smith fisherman drowned near San Clemente Island Feb. 1 or Feb. 2.

1927 Ernest Lancovitz San Pedro fisherman disappeared near San Clemente Island in April.

1927 Mrs. Catherine Colvin (40), drowned when their boat overturned December 10.

1933 William Galvin (50), fisherman drowned when their skiff capsized in February.

1933 Charles Taylor (30), fisherman drowned when their skiff capsized in February.

1934 Allen Oxspring (29), hunter fatally injured in a fall.


November 7, 1934 by an executive order San Clemente passed from the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Commerce to the control of the Secretary of the Navy.


1935 Lt. Arthur H. Skaer, Jr., pilot killed July 30 in a Northrop fighting plane.

1935 Roy Pringle, (43), fisherman drowned while fishing offshore in October.


September 9th, 1940, Executive Order 8536 established the “San Clemente Island Naval Defensive Sea Area, California.” This area extended out to seaward 2000 yards from the shoreline low water mark.

1937 Six marines were killed aboard the ship U.S.S. Wyoming at San Clemente Island during gunnery exercises on February 18.

1937 Name Unknown, two pilots were killed in the crash of a seaplane on December 11.

1941 Thomas Tepuni (27), one of three men killed June 6 when two Navy planes collided midair June 6.

1941 Paul Burroughs (20), one of three men killed June 6 when two Navy planes collided midair June 6.

1941 Otto Wilkenning one of three men killed June 6 when two Navy planes collided midair June 6.

1943 John A. Titcomb (23), U.S.N.R. ensign was killed on April 22 when his plane crashed.

1945 Name Unknown, September 25 two Navy patrol bombers collided; one plane exploding.

1948 Arthur F. Berger, Jr. (24), pilot killed when his Navy trainer crashed in the surf.

1948 Emery Papp (24), killed when his Navy trainer crashed in the surf.

1949 Harry Anderson (50), killed by an accidental gun shot aboard Coral King on April 10.

1949 Name Unknown, June 4 two planes had a mid-air collision. One plane fell to the ocean.

1949 Theodore Homer (56), fisherman who drowned when his boat Marjorie Mae wrecked on July 30.

1950 Willard V. Taylor (46), fisherman who drowned on February 24.

1950 Charles Johnson (18), boat operator who drowned when abalone pick-up boat, Venture II was wrecked in August.

1950 Paul Williams (16), friend of boat operator who drowned when abalone pick-up boat, Venture II was wrecked in August.

1951 John R. Berkey (23), died in the wreck of a Grumman-Guardian Navy plane he was piloting.

1951 James H. Smith (17), died in the wreck of a Grumman-Guardian Navy plane in which he was crew.

1953 Burle “Bud” Catlin (43) drowned while diving at Pyramid Cove.

1955 Joseph D. Camarella (22) drowned fishing with two other airmen when their skiff sank on the northern shore of San Clemente Island on June 12.

1955 George A. Holmes (21) drowned fishing with J. D. Camarella when their skiff sank on the northern shore of San Clemente Island on June 12.

1955 Melvin S. Essary (40), pilot of a naval attack bomber killed that crashed into the U.S.S. Hopewell November 11.

1955 Robert E. Stewart (21), radarman killed aboard the bomber that crashed into the U.S.S. Hopewell November 11.

1955 Brent M. Phillips (24), crewman killed aboard the bomber that crashed into the U.S.S. Hopewell November 11

1955 Roger M. Edwards (21), U.S.S. Hopewell crewman killed November 11.

1955 Robert D. Hobel (22), U.S.S. Hopewell crewman killed November 11.

1956 William N. Nelson (35), AD Skyraider Navy plane crash victim killed April 20 with two others.

1957 Keith Curtis Carlin (31), drowned while abalone diving at Wilson Cove on September 27.

1960 James McCoy (37), fisherman drowned.

1960 Joseph H. Hargroves (27), one of two killed in a truck accident when it overturned on the island on March 30.

1960 Richard L. Whitten (30), one of two killed in a truck accident when it overturned on the island on March 30.

1960 Robert B. Hughes (36), one of two men killed when a rocket motor ignited accidentally on December 13.

1960 Hubert J. Stanfill (41), one of two men killed when a rocket motor ignited accidentally on December 13.

1966 William E. Todd (37), Navy pilot killed with 3 others when their helicopter crashed offshore.

1966 Charles N. Tozer, killed with 3 others when their helicopter crashed offshore.

1966 [unknown], killed with 3 others when their helicopter crashed offshore.

1966 [unknown], killed with 3 others when their helicopter crashed offshore.

1969 Berry Cannon (33), aquanaut of Sealab 3 who died at 610 feet deep.

1971 Roy Barton (24), of Cudahy, was drowned on May 8.

1974 Trevis D. Marsha (58), skin diver who drowned in seaweed at China Point.

1977 Thomas J. Burns, Jr. (28), goat eradication hunter died drunk in a fall off a low cliff at Eel Point.

1978 Scott Stallings (35), pilot killed in the crash of his F-14 Tomcat jet.

1978 Steven S. Dalley (27), radar intercept officer killed in the crash of an F-14 Tomcat jet.

1981 David McMahon, drug smuggler killed when his twin Beechcraft hit a hill on the island.

1984 James Kloss (23), killed in a helicopter crash with three others on June 1.

1984 Barry Thompson (28), killed in a helicopter crash with three others on June 1.

1984 Thomas Schaefer (25), killed in a helicopter crash with three others on June 1.

1984 John Utsinger (21), killed in a helicopter crash with three others on June 1.

1986 Boyd Reber (38), fisherman killed when the Cindy Fay’s anchor hit unexploded ordnance.

1986 Francis Germano (21), crewman killed when the Cindy Fay exploded while anchored offshore.

1988 David L. Mullen (59), Naval Ocean Systems Center rigger killed on a crane barge at NOTS pier.

1990 Robert W. Bacon (50), fish-spotter pilot died when he flew his Cessna 162 into the island Nov. 18.

1992 George William Weiss (60), died of a probable heart attack. He had worked on the island 28 years.

1992 Anthony Dye (20), Private, U. S. Army, who died in a heavy equipment accident.

1996 Timothy McFadden (34), drowned while diving for urchins on December 15.


21st CENTURY DEATHS

2004 Margaret Saunders (57), drowned while diving at San Clemente Island on August 6.

2006 Josh Kim (20), drowned free-diving off San Clemente Island from the Westerly October 8.

2008 name not released diver drowned off the charter boat, Visions, two miles off San Clemente Island on July 14.

2013 Craig Thomas Williams (36), drowned in a sailboat race accident of the Uncontrollable Urge on March 8.

2014 Lee Racicot (59) didn't return from evening fishing alone on Oct. 7.

2016 name not stated fisherman died aboard his boat offshore on August 9. (see below.)




In the News~

August 9, 2016 [TI/Avalon] “Deputies and first responders handled an incident where a 77 year old man died on a fishing boat near San Clemente Island. The man’s son drove the boat to Avalon Harbor where first responders met him. The cause of death appears to be natural causes.”