THORNES, Bjorn (c. 1938-1965) age 27, drowned while SCUBA diving near Big Fishermans Cove on Santa Catalina Island on September 19, 1965.
In the News~
September 20, 1965 [LBI]: “Skindiver drowns off Catalina. A novice skindiver, who apparently lost his aqualung equipment while struggling to free himself from a kelp bed in 26 feet of water, drowned shortly before noon Sunday in Big Fisherman Cove off Catalina Island. The victim, Bjorn Thornes, 27, of 4660 Clara St., Cudahay, came to the U.S. about six months ago from Oslo, Norway, with his wife Karen, according to sheriff's deputies. Thornes, his wife and a group of Scandia Norsemen Ski Club members were diving from the chartered boat Pacific Diver, out of Long Beach. Except for a weight belt, the victim's scuba equipment was missing, and his lifejacket had not been inflated, when his body was recovered.”
September 20, 1965 [San Bernardino Sun]: “Skindiver tangles in seaweed, drowns. Avalon—A skindiver drowned yesterday near Santa Catalina Island when he became entangled in seaweed and apparently lost aqualung equipment in his struggle to get free. The victim was Bjorn Thornes, 27, of Cudahy.”