June 14, 2024 The Best Source of News, Culture, Lifestyle for Culver City, Mar Vista, Del Rey, Palms and West Los Angeles

Two men die during storm on Santa Catalina Island

Two men died during a storm on Catalina Island (Thinkstock)
Two men died during a storm on Catalina Island (Thinkstock)

An Avalon Harbor Patrol officer was crushed to death between a boat and a rock during a storm on Santa Catalina Island, and another man was found floating in the water and died at a hospital, firefighters said Wednesday.

At least three large boats broke free from their moorings as gale-force winds suddenly roared into the harbor, and huge waves crashed ashore on the normally-placid crescent beach at Avalon.

Witnesses told TV reporters on the island that the Harbor Patrol officer was an Avalon resident trying to save a dive boat, the King Neptune, from sinking.

“Deputies from Avalon Station and personnel from the City of Avalon Harbor Department were working together to secure the loosed boats,” a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

“One of the Harbor Department’s boats came perilously close to hitting rocks, so one of the patrolmen jumped from the vessel to get to safety,” the statement said.

“Two deputies attempted to rescue him from the water but were unsuccessful. The patrolman became lodged between the vessel and the rocks under the turbulent waves and could not be reached.”

The patrolman’s body was recovered by divers about 11 a.m., the sheriff’s department reported. He was identified by the coroner’s office as Timothy Mitchell, 39, of Avalon.

During the storm, part of a pier on Avalon’s beach was snapped off, and debris was seen in the roiling water, helicopter video showed today. Three pleasure boats were hard on their side on the beach, one apparently smashed by rocks.

The accident occurred next to the Green Pleasure Pier, according to the sheriff’s department, which sent homicide detectives to the scene.

About 6:30 a.m., sheriff’s Avalon Station personnel received a call of a body found in the water, the sheriff’s department reported. The man was identified as Bruce Ryder, 53, also of Avalon.

At the time of the fatal incident there were northeast winds sustained at 36 mph with gusts to 43 mph, and there were 4- to 8-foot seas inside the harbor. The large cove is not protected from waves washing in from the northeast, and thus vulnerable to the brunt of the storm.

Avalon city officials advised against boating across the San Pedro Channel today, except by ferry. Catalina Express said its fleet was on schedule, but passengers were advised to expect “a bumpy ride,” a spokeswoman said.

Related Posts

Marina del Rey Sportfishing: A Great Day on the Water

June 14, 2024

June 14, 2024

Fishing is a pastime like no other. You can experience the nostalgia of that pastime in real time at Marina...

University of Miami President to Replace Gene Block Amid Controversy

June 14, 2024

June 14, 2024

Julio Frenk Named New UCLA Chancellor at UC Regents Meeting The search for a new chancellor at UCLA is over....

Culver City Police Collaborate with VA and LASD to Aid Unhoused Veteran

June 14, 2024

June 14, 2024

Joint Efforts Lead to Successful Assistance for a Veteran in Need The Culver City Police Mental Evaluation Team collaborated with...

West Hollywood Kicks Off WeHo Pride Arts Festival This Weekend

June 14, 2024

June 14, 2024

Celebration Features Diverse LGBTQ+ Events From June 14-16 Each year, the City of West Hollywood celebrates the artistic contributions of...

30th Anniversary of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman Murders Commemorated with Virtual Vigil

June 13, 2024

June 13, 2024

Family Honors Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman in Virtual Candlelight Vigil This week marks the 30th anniversary of the...

Culver City PRCS Hosts Summer Splash Kick-Off Event

June 13, 2024

June 13, 2024

Join PRCS for Fun-Filled Recreational Swim Activities The Parks, Recreation, and Community Services (PRCS) department of Culver City is gearing...

Students for Justice in Palestine Establish Third Encampment on the UCLA Campus on June 10

June 12, 2024

June 12, 2024

UCLA Administration Calls in Four Police Groups Within Two Hours, Arrests 27 Pro-Palestinian protesters briefly established a third encampment on...

Los Angeles City Council Postpones Vote on Marilyn Monroe’s Former Home

June 12, 2024

June 12, 2024

Decision on Historic Monument Status Rescheduled for June 26  After Judge James Chalfant issued a preliminary decision on the motion...

AMC Theatres Unveils Eight Money-Saving Deals for Summer Movie Season

June 12, 2024

June 12, 2024

Enjoy Discounted Tickets, Special Promotions, and Fan Favorites at AMC If you are a movie lover who has not been...

Hang-Ten Therapeutics-Surf Therapy for Kids: Catching Waves and Finding your Calm

June 12, 2024

June 12, 2024

A different type of therapy is making waves in Los Angeles. Hang-Ten Therapeutics, founded by Naomi Matanick, a licensed pediatric...

(Video) The Opening of Pico Roots Marketplace in Santa Monica

June 12, 2024

June 12, 2024

Lots of friendly vendors with wonderful gifts, cards, clothing, decor, and coffee beans available at 1819 Pico Boulevard. @culvercitywlanews The...

Tien Pham Connects Personal History with Role in Robert Downey Jr.’s “The Sympathizer”

June 11, 2024

June 11, 2024

Family’s Harrowing Escape From Vietnam Mirrors the Acclaimed HBO Max Series Vietnamese American actor-musician-producer Tien Pham finds a deep connection...

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Debuts Refreshing Summer Menu with New Boba and Matcha Drinks

June 11, 2024

June 11, 2024

Enjoy Four New Beverages and Exclusive Boba Happy Hours from June 10 to June 13 The Coffee Bean & Tea...

FDA Issues Warning on Potentially Contaminated Shellfish from Oregon and Washington

June 11, 2024

June 11, 2024

Shellfish From These Areas Carries Risk of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning The FDA has issued an alert advising consumers, restaurants, and...

(Video) Pro-Palestine Student Protesters at UCLA Set Up a Third Encampment on Monday Afternoon

June 11, 2024

June 11, 2024

UCPD and the UCLA Administration almost immediately called in UCPD, LAPD, Culver City Police Department and California Highway Patrol officers....