JONES, Jesse L.

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JONES, Jesse L. (c. 1928-1969), age 41, drowned while SCUBA diving at Hamilton beach, Santa Catalina Island on August 17, 1969.



In the News~

August 18, 1969 [LBI]: “500,000 cool off at beaches. Balmy weather attracted nearly 500,000 people to Southland beaches Sunday to enjoy temperatures averaging in the high 70s and water almost as warm in some spots. Two accidents marred the otherwise enjoyable day. At Avalon, sheriff's deputies reported a Whittier man missing and presumed drowned. At Hamilton beach on Catalina Island, a day-long search failed to locate the body of Jesse L. Jones, 41, of Whittier. Jones had been scuba diving with his wife, Connie, 40, and William R. King, 24, of Huntington Beach. They had trouble with the anchor of King's boat and King and Jones went into the water to check. Jones failed to surface.”


August 18, 1969 [LAT]: “A Whittier scuba diver was presumed drowned off Avalon after he and a friend tried to unhook the tangled anchor of their boat. Authorities said Jesse Jones, 41, of 11044 Arroyo Drive, failed to surface after the dive. A search by his friend, William R. King, 24, of Huntington Beach, and four other divers failed to find the man's body.”