MAZOR, Vincent Charles (1917-1958) [SS#551-01-6288] and Jeanne Turner drowned when their boat capsized off Santa Catalina Island. Two others were rescued. Turner was 49 and Mazor was 40, according to their social security records.
In the News~
April 14, 1958 [LBI]: “Couple falls from capsizing boat, clings for hours. Two San Pedro residents drowned within shouting distance of the casino at Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, after three waves capsized their disabled boat. Two survivors were rescued after a 4-3/4 hour ordeal of clinging to the slippery bow of the sinking craft. Their shouts for help, first mistakenly as coming from land, finally attracted the attention of a phone operator at the Casino. She set off a search. Drowned were Vincent Mazor, 42, owner of Allison Chuck Products machine shop, 2003 S. Mesa St., San Pedro, and Mrs Jeanne Turner, 45, of 738 W. 20th St., San Pedro Cab Co. dispatcher. Rescued when the boat Sandra Lou flashed a spotlight on the bow of their foundered craft were Mr. and Mrs. Harold Ray Pennings, both 36, of 2251 Barbour Ct., San Pedro. Pennings, an employee of Mazor, had gone 50-50 with his boss to buy a 17-foot twin-engine boat this spring. The boat was on a shakedown cruise to Catalina when it ran out of gas and capsized about dusk Saturday. As the first wave battered the disabled boat, all the occupants but Mr. Pennings put on the preservers. Dumped into the sea when the third wave capsized the boat, the Pennings groped for the bow of the boat as it bobbed up after the craft overturned. The Pennings shouted for Mazor and Mrs. Turner to join them in clinging to the bow, but the current swept them away. For 2-1/2 hours after the boat capsized at 6:30 p.m. the Pennings and their drifting companions talked back and forth as they shouted for help toward the lights of Avalon. 'About 9 p.m. when we didn't hear them any longer, we hoped they had succeeded in swimming ashore,' Pennings told Constable John Windle. The Pennings were rescued about 11:15 p.m., shortly after the Casino phone operator heard their cries and alerted police and the harbor master to start a search. The bodies of Mazor and Mrs. Turner were found 45 minutes later, floating in life jackets a quarter of a mile from the boat wreckage. Mrs. Turner's husband drowned in a boating accident on a lake several years ago. The Pennings were treated overnight at Avalon Hospital, then went home Sunday by sea on the Catalina steamer. 'We don't feel up to flying,' they told friends. Pennings told Avalon police the mishap not only cost him his friends, but probably also his job. He assumes Mazor's machine shop, where he works, will be closed. The boating mishap brought to four the number of lives lost in the sea in the Southland over the weekend.”
April 14, 1958 [LBI]: “Two San Pedro men [man and a woman] drowned early yesterday after their 17-foot outboard boat capsized off Santa Catalina Island. Two others who clung to the swamped craft were rescued. The dead were identified as Jeanne Turner, 45, and Vincent Mazor, 45. Treated for shock and exposure at Avalon Hospital were Roy Pennings, 37, and his wife, Louise, 37, also of San Pedro. The Pennings told police their boat ran out of gasoline and capsized. Pennings and his wife stayed with the craft while the other two swam for help. Their bodies were discovered floating in life jackets about a quarter of a mile away.”