GREENLEE, Larry (1940-1975) [#508-44-8896], drowned off Yellow Banks, Santa Cruz Island when the vessel he was in sank about three miles off shore.
Greenlee was 35 at the time of his drowning. He had been married (1961) and divorced (1972).
In the News~
June 3, 1975 [SBNP]: “Missing diver sought off island... The Gladys I went down at 9:30 P.M. with less than a minute's warning... Greenley was never seen again... The two survivors climbed the cliff at Santa Cruz Island to get to the research station for help.
June 6, 1975 [Colombus Telegram]: “Long Beach, Calif. — A Lexington, Neb., native apparently drowned off Santa Cruz Island in the sinking of a 38-foot boat Monday night, the Coast Guard said Thursday. The Coast Guard said it abandoned its search for the body of Larry Greenlee, 35, and indicated the body may surface within 48 hours. Greenlee was the son of Mrs. Ruth Interholzinger, North Platte, Neb., and Wrex Greenlee, Lexington. He had been living in Oxnard, Calif. Petty Officer Dell Horton of the Coast Guard said Greenlee and two companions were collecting sea life Monday about 2-1/2 miles off Valley Anchorage on the west side of the island, about 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Greenlee's companions, Timothy P. Johnson, Pasadena, Calif., and Roderick Phillips, Oxnard, were working under water in wet suits and tanks when the vessel began sinking, Horton said. Johnson and Phillips swam to the island following a search of the area for Greenlee, who was piloting the boat. Horton said Greenlee was not wearing a personal flotation device at the time of the sinking. Greenlee's sister, Mrs. Paul Hopkins, Lexington, said she talked to the Coast Guard and to James Stewart, owner of the boat who had rented it out. Stewart said the vessel apparently became overloaded with sea life, tipped and began taking on water. The combination of water and the load on board the boat apparently caused the vessel to sink, he said. The Coast Guard said it found two five gallon drums and a little debris from the wreckage, but no sign of Greenlee during a search of the area.”