McFADDEN, Timothy

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McFADDEN, Timothy Joseph (1962-1996) [#570-06-6132], 34-year-old urchin diver who died at San Clemente Island on December 15, 1996.




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December 17, 1997 [LAT]: “Timothy J. McFadden, a 34-year-old commercial diver from Ventura who died after being pulled from the waters off San Clemente Island last weekend, is being remembered as much for his diving skills as for his willingness to help others. "You never want to say, 'God, why couldn't it have been someone else.' But, God, why couldn't it have been someone else?" said Mike Dahan, owner of Channel Islands Scuba in Ventura, who on occasion accompanied McFadden on dives. McFadden and his partner, Chris Michalik of Ventura, had been diving from McFadden's 23-foot power boat, Sea Worthy, for three hours Sunday morning near West Cove, on the southwest side of San Clemente Island. At 11:35 a.m. Michalik found his partner drifting unconscious in about 100 feet of water without his mouthpiece. Michalik said he pulled McFadden aboard the boat, called the Coast Guard and then began CPR. The crew from a second boat, the Pala Wan out of Channel Islands Harbor, also was on the scene and tried to help.”


December 17, 1997 [thefreelibrary.com]: “SANTA CATALINA ISLAND - A scuba diver from Ventura died Sunday after being pulled from the waters off San Clemente Island, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. Timothy McFadden, 34, an experienced commercial diver, was diving from his 23-foot power boat off San Clemente Island at 8:30 a.m. with his partner, said Deputy Angie Prewett. The two men, on the second day of a trip out of Newport Beach, had gone to harvest sea urchins, she said. The Coast Guard airlifted McFadden to the Santa Catalina Island hyperbaric chamber, but he died at 12:15 p.m., she said.”