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2016  '''[[name not stated]]''' fisherman died aboard his boat offshore on August 9. (see below.)
 
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'''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.”
 
'''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.”
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[[File:AAV.png|350px|thumbnail|right|<center>An AAV7 sank off San Clemente Island, killing 9 Marines </center>]]
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'''July 31, 2020 [Reuters]:''' “Seven U.S. Marines and a Navy sailor were missing on Friday, a day after their amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) sank off the Southern California coast during a training mission, Marine Corps officials said. Seven other Marines were rescued and are alive while one was killed after their vehicle took on water and sank around 5:45 p.m. Pacific time on Thursday (0045 GMT Friday), U.S. military officials said during a news conference. “They signaled to the rest of the unit that they were in fact taking on water,” Lt. Gen. Joseph Osterman said. “Immediate response was provided by two additional amphibious assault vehicles as well a safety boat.” Two of the rescued Marines were in critical condition at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla while the other five are back aboard their assigned ships, Gen. David Berger said. A search and rescue mission involving a U.S. Navy destroyer and a Coast Guard cutter continued on Friday afternoon for the missing Marines and sailor. The Marines were wearing combat gear along with inflatable vests when the incident occurred, Osterman said. “It sank completely,” he said, adding that it was in several hundred feet of water. At “26 tons, the assumption is that it went all the way to the bottom.” The incident occurred during what the Marine Corps said was a routine training exercise near San Clemente Island. Marines often practice beach assaults there using amphibious troop transport vehicles. Berger said he suspended all AAV water operations until the cause is determined. He also said AAVs across the fleet will be inspected. All the Marines involved were assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which is based at Camp Pendleton, the largest Marine base on the West Coast of the United States, between Orange and San Diego counties.”
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'''July 31, 2020 [Times of San Diego]:''' “Search Continues for 8 Missing After Marine Vehicle Sank Near San Clemente Island. The military continued an all-out search Friday for seven Marines and a Navy sailor who went missing in the ocean near San Clemente Island when an amphibious assault vehicle sank during a training exercise, killing at least one member of the crew. Nearly 24 hours after the armored troop carrier foundered roughly 80 miles off the coast of Encinitas, Marine Corps officials continued to view the around-the-clock effort to find the missing personnel as a prospective rescue operation, according to Gen. David Berger, USMC commandant. “We have not moved into a recovery operation,” Berger told reporters during a mid-afternoon briefing at Camp Pendleton, the home base of the personnel involved the accident. The fatal accident prompted an immediate suspension of AAV water operations. The AAV sank for unknown reasons about 5:45 p.m. Thursday, more than 1,000 yards from shore on the northwest side of the island while the crew was en route to a waiting ship following operational maneuvers, said Lt. Gen. Joseph Osterman, commanding general, I Marine Expeditionary Force. “They signaled to the rest of the unit that they were in fact taking on water,” Osterman said. “Immediate response was provided by two additional amphibious assault vehicles, as well a safety boat.” Seven of the personnel aboard were able to get out of the sinking land-and-sea-going vehicle and were pulled from the water. Medics took three of them to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, where one was pronounced dead and the others were admitted in critical but stable condition. As of Friday afternoon, the other five rescued Marines had gotten clean bills of health and had returned to their units. The Marines were wearing combat gear along with inflatable vests when the incident occurred, Osterman said. “It sank completely,” he said, adding that it was in several hundred feet of water. At “26 tons, the assumption is that it went all the way to the bottom. It’s really below the depth that a diver can go to,” Osterman added. The deadly accident will be the subject of an exhaustive investigation, according to USMC officials. “We will share the results of it (with the public) once it is complete and the families have been notified,” Berger said. Marines regularly practice beach assaults in the area where the incident occurred. Taking part in the search for the missing personnel, which has continued unabated since  the accident, were the crews aboard the destroyer USS John Finn, three U.S. Navy helicopters, several smaller Navy vessels, and a Coast Guard cutter and chopper from San Diego. The names of the victims – all members of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit – and further details about them were withheld out of respect for their families, according to USMC officials. Berger said that in addition to suspending all AAV water operations until the cause is determined, AAVs across the fleet will be inspected.“We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident. I ask that you keep our Marines, sailors and their families in your prayers as we continue our search,” Col. Christopher Bronzi, commanding officer of the 15th MEU, said in a prepared statement.”

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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.)

2020 names not stated 9 marines died aboard an AAV amtrack when it sank offshore on July 30. (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.”


An AAV7 sank off San Clemente Island, killing 9 Marines

July 31, 2020 [Reuters]: “Seven U.S. Marines and a Navy sailor were missing on Friday, a day after their amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) sank off the Southern California coast during a training mission, Marine Corps officials said. Seven other Marines were rescued and are alive while one was killed after their vehicle took on water and sank around 5:45 p.m. Pacific time on Thursday (0045 GMT Friday), U.S. military officials said during a news conference. “They signaled to the rest of the unit that they were in fact taking on water,” Lt. Gen. Joseph Osterman said. “Immediate response was provided by two additional amphibious assault vehicles as well a safety boat.” Two of the rescued Marines were in critical condition at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla while the other five are back aboard their assigned ships, Gen. David Berger said. A search and rescue mission involving a U.S. Navy destroyer and a Coast Guard cutter continued on Friday afternoon for the missing Marines and sailor. The Marines were wearing combat gear along with inflatable vests when the incident occurred, Osterman said. “It sank completely,” he said, adding that it was in several hundred feet of water. At “26 tons, the assumption is that it went all the way to the bottom.” The incident occurred during what the Marine Corps said was a routine training exercise near San Clemente Island. Marines often practice beach assaults there using amphibious troop transport vehicles. Berger said he suspended all AAV water operations until the cause is determined. He also said AAVs across the fleet will be inspected. All the Marines involved were assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which is based at Camp Pendleton, the largest Marine base on the West Coast of the United States, between Orange and San Diego counties.”


July 31, 2020 [Times of San Diego]: “Search Continues for 8 Missing After Marine Vehicle Sank Near San Clemente Island. The military continued an all-out search Friday for seven Marines and a Navy sailor who went missing in the ocean near San Clemente Island when an amphibious assault vehicle sank during a training exercise, killing at least one member of the crew. Nearly 24 hours after the armored troop carrier foundered roughly 80 miles off the coast of Encinitas, Marine Corps officials continued to view the around-the-clock effort to find the missing personnel as a prospective rescue operation, according to Gen. David Berger, USMC commandant. “We have not moved into a recovery operation,” Berger told reporters during a mid-afternoon briefing at Camp Pendleton, the home base of the personnel involved the accident. The fatal accident prompted an immediate suspension of AAV water operations. The AAV sank for unknown reasons about 5:45 p.m. Thursday, more than 1,000 yards from shore on the northwest side of the island while the crew was en route to a waiting ship following operational maneuvers, said Lt. Gen. Joseph Osterman, commanding general, I Marine Expeditionary Force. “They signaled to the rest of the unit that they were in fact taking on water,” Osterman said. “Immediate response was provided by two additional amphibious assault vehicles, as well a safety boat.” Seven of the personnel aboard were able to get out of the sinking land-and-sea-going vehicle and were pulled from the water. Medics took three of them to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, where one was pronounced dead and the others were admitted in critical but stable condition. As of Friday afternoon, the other five rescued Marines had gotten clean bills of health and had returned to their units. The Marines were wearing combat gear along with inflatable vests when the incident occurred, Osterman said. “It sank completely,” he said, adding that it was in several hundred feet of water. At “26 tons, the assumption is that it went all the way to the bottom. It’s really below the depth that a diver can go to,” Osterman added. The deadly accident will be the subject of an exhaustive investigation, according to USMC officials. “We will share the results of it (with the public) once it is complete and the families have been notified,” Berger said. Marines regularly practice beach assaults in the area where the incident occurred. Taking part in the search for the missing personnel, which has continued unabated since the accident, were the crews aboard the destroyer USS John Finn, three U.S. Navy helicopters, several smaller Navy vessels, and a Coast Guard cutter and chopper from San Diego. The names of the victims – all members of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit – and further details about them were withheld out of respect for their families, according to USMC officials. Berger said that in addition to suspending all AAV water operations until the cause is determined, AAVs across the fleet will be inspected.“We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident. I ask that you keep our Marines, sailors and their families in your prayers as we continue our search,” Col. Christopher Bronzi, commanding officer of the 15th MEU, said in a prepared statement.”