MALLEN, Jay Shepard

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MALLEN, Jay Shepard (1947-1991), drowned while SCUBA diving in Geiger Cove on April 13, 1991. He was 44 years old. It was later found he had had a heart attack. He was married with children.

In the News~

April 14, 1991 [Times-Advocate]]: “Scuba diver drowns off Santa Catalina Island. A scuba diver drowned 100 yards off the island's isthmus Saturday, the first diving fatality this year, Los Angeles County lifeguards said. The 41-year-old diver, who was not immediately identified, was diving off a commercial vessel. He was reported missing at 2:18 p.m., said diving operations Lt. Mickey Gallagher. Crews aboard two lifeguard vessels pulled the man from the water about an hour later, a half mile from Big Geiger Cove, lifeguard Lt. Ira Gruber said.”

April 14, 1991 [LAT]: “County lifeguards on Saturday recovered the body of a scuba diver who apparently drowned off Catalina Island, authorities said. The 41-year-old victim, who was not identified pending notification of relatives, had been under water for at least an hour before he was found at 3:25 p.m., said Lt. Ira Gruber of the Avalon lifeguard station. The diver's partner reported the victim missing in Big Geiger Cove near Two Harbors immediately after losing track of him. The victim had had trouble with his equipment at the surface of the 45-foot-deep cove and then suddenly submerged about 100 yards offshore, Gruber said. The two divers had launched from a sport dive boat called the Atlantis, he said.”

April 14, 1991 [LAT]: “The body of a 44-year-old Santa Ana Heights man who apparently drowned while scuba diving was found Saturday off Santa Catalina Island, authorities said. Jay Shepard Mallen was found dead by county lifeguards from the Isthmus station about 3:25 p.m. in Geiger Cove in about 30-feet of water, said Deputy Fidel Gonzales of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Information Bureau.”