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Watson From page 1 share of individuals over the years who have--to use that most mo- ronic of oxymorons--"turned up missing.'" Being an ocean-oriented re- sort, many of Catalina's missing persons cases involve boating ac- cidents or other such mishaps. But other cases aren't so easily ex- plained as you will see. Some of these cases have a happy ending, such as the curious case of Zebulon Tryon and Chris Reuter. On the afternoon of June 9, 2009, the inexpe- rienced pair of 20-some- things left Avalon Har- bor in their aging 27-foot Coronado sailboat built in 1973. Their plan was to sail to Santa Cruz. Not Santa Cruz Island, but the city of Santa Cruz, a decidedly more formidable feat. When they didn't show up at the appointed time (evidently they had no radio) Tryon's mother Tish dutifully alerted the Coast Guard which went looking for the way- ward duo. Early the following week, the Coast Guard found them safe and sound somewhere off Pismo Jim Watson Columnist Beach. Then there are the cases that have not-so-happy endings such as the disappearance in 2010 of Newport Beach resident Frank Cipriano. Cipriano had been hired to help pilot the 46-foot vessel "Indecent Proposal" to the Isthmus. On the evening of Saturday, Aug. 8, he told the family who had hired him he was taking the boat's dinghy from their current location of Cherry Cove into Two Harbors for supplies. Cipriano never re- turned and at 10:45 the following morning the family alerted authori- ties. Nearly a week later, Cipriano's body was found near Lion's Head not far from where he had vanished. Similar to the Cipriano case was that of Andre Krasowskis, a 21-year-old worker at Camp Fox near Long Point on Catalina's leeward shore. On March 5, 1989, Kraswskis set out in a dinghy towards a ski boat that was anchored about 100 yards offshore. The wind had picked up con- siderably in a short period of time and it was Krasowskis' intention to secure a canvas covering on the boat which was threatening to Some missing persons cases have a happy end- ing, such as the curious case of Zebulon Tryon and Chris Reuter. blow away. Tragically, Krasows- kis was somehow caught up in the lines of his own dinghy and swept out to sea. Unfortunately, no one at the camp was aware of what was hap- pening until it was too late. It wasn't until about an hour later that his absence was noticed and a search initiated. Two days later, Krasowskis' dinghy was found. His body was found suspended underneath, hopelessly tangled in the boat's lines. Our most famous such case, which I have covered in previous columns and in my book, was that of the death of Natalie Wood in November 1981 and whose body was found early the following morning. Finally, there are the cases where people completely vanish for no apparent reason: the weath- er is fine, there's no foul play sus- pected, there were no commotions being made prior to the disappear- ance, etc. The missing person-to-be sim- ply drops off the face of the earth. At least three such cases stand out in Catalina's history, includ- ing: EARL ATKINSON On Wednesday, July 29, 1970, a 50-year-old man by the name of Earl Atkinson was seen tying his small boat up to the Green Pier in Avalon Bay. The boat was scheduled to have some repairs done, but neither At- kinson nor the boat could be found the following day when the work was to begin. A short time later, the boat was found adrift about 1 miles north of Avalon Bay, but Atkinson him- self was never found. JOHN BROCKBANK Twenty-five-year-old John Brockbank was a casino dealer for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. On March 23, 1991, the cruise ship he was working on, the "Azure," departed from its brief stopover at Catalina and headed towards its next destination. Brockbank, who had been de- scribed as "depressed" prior to his disappearance, failed to show up for work in the ship's casino at 4 p.m. when he was scheduled to be- gin his shift. Despite a thorough search of the ship, Avalon and the waters of the San Pedro Channel, Brock- bank was never seen again. SCOTT EDWARD HALL One of the more perplexing Catalina-related disappearances also happens to beone of the most recent. On Aug. 1, 2006, Scott Ed- ward Hall placed a call to his fam- ily from aboard his sail boat which was moored at Isthmus Cove. Despite the fact that his cell phone, identification and other personal effects were still on the boat, the 42-year-old was never seen again. Catalina Islander's Recreational Sumnlar' ,kalon's Sc cn Da) Forecast 'latming Index Last '' eek's Ahu.'mac Fides This eek " eather ltistor' "YOUR VOICE... YOUR CHOICE" Before you go back to the mainland... -:  Subcribe today. P.O. Box 428,Avalon, CA 90704 (310) 510-0500 Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Mostly Sunny Mostly Sunn Mostly Sunny Partly Cloudy 65 / 55 66 / 55 65 / 53 61 / 52 Precip Chance: 5% Precip Chance: 5% Precip Chance: 5% Precip Chance: 20% Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Mostly Sunny Partly Cloudy Mostly Cloudy 62 / 48 66 / 51 64/55 Precip Chance: 5% Precip Chance: 10% Precip Chance: 20% 10-2131415 IElm 819 I101 11+ 0-2: Low, 3-5: Moderate, 6-7: High, 8-10: Very High, 11+: Extreme Exposure 0m tti LQw No t 3/17 72 51 65/52 0.00" 3/18 66 50 65/52 0.00" 13119 68 52 65/52 0.00" ] |3120 65 50 66/52 0.00" | 13121 60 49 66/52 0.00" ! 13122 55 48 66152 0.00" | Does carrying an umbrella increase your chances of being - " struck by lightning? 1al!l aom ! optu IIIA lo.fqo IOtU ol xau u!pums mq '1qlO.Id :''11 - Severe thunderstorm in central Oklahoma produced hail up to four inches in diameter, causing 35 million dollars in damage to southern Oklahoma County. Baseball sized hail and seven inches of rain caused another 18 million dollars damage in Stephens County. temrature t" B-S", " uh"u'ml''l'ty O't -8"2/ "1"1  high temperature fr tday is 87 set in 2004" Expect Fri mostly cloudy skies tonight with an overnight low Sat of 55 . The record low for tonight is 40 set in 1991. Sun Saturday, skies will be mostly sunny with a high Man temperature of 66 , humidity of 72%. Skies will Tue be mostly cloudy Saturday night with an overnight Wed low of 55 . Expect mostly sunny skies Sunday with Thu a high temperature of 65 . Skies will become partly cloudy Monday with a slight chance of rain, high temperature of 61 . Tuesday, skies will be mostly sunny with a high temperature of 62 . Iti0a Fri 8:18 am Sat 9:06 am Sun 9:.52 am Man 10:37 am Tue 11:23am Wed 12:12 pm Thu Avalon Low tl Low DaX 2:17 am 8:57 pm 2:44 pm Fri 3:03 am 9:31 pm 3:21 pm Sat 3:47am 10:05pm 3:56pm Sun 4:31 am 10:.39 pin 4:31 pm Man 5:15am lhl4pm 5:05pro Tue 6:00am ll:50pm 5:39pm Wed 6:50 am None 6:14 Thu AM EM 9:57-11:57 10:27-12:27 10:50-12:50 11:20-1:20 11:42-1:42 .... 1:04-3:04 12:34-2:34 1:56-3:56 1:26-3:26 2:47-4:47 2:17-4:17 3:38-5:38 3:08-5:08 Catalina Harbor 1i Low  Low 8:23am 2:25 am 9:02pm 2:52pm 9:llam 3:llam 9:.36pm 3:29pm 9:57am 3:55am 10:10pm 4:04pm 10:42am 4:39am 10:44pro 4:39pm ll:28am 5:23am ll:19pm 5:13pm 12:17pm 6:08am ll:55pm 5:47pm 1:13 pm 6:58 am Ntme 6:22 pm New Fri 3130 Sat Sun Man First  Tue 4/7 Wed Thu ( Sunrt San.t  6:44a.m. 7:llp.m. 5:14a.m. 5:18p.m. /t" Full 6:43 a.m. 7:12 p.m. 5:54 a.m. 6:24 p.m.  4/15 6:42 a.m. 7:12 p.m. 6:33 a.m. .7:29 p.m. 6:40 a.m. 7:13 p.m. 7:12 a.m. 8:33 p.m. 6:39 a.m. 7:14 p.m. 7:53 a.m. 9:34 p.m. f'/r, Last 6:38 a.m. 7:14p.m. 8:36a.m. 10:33 p.m.  4/22 6:36 a.m. 7:15 p.m. 9:21 a.m. 11:29 p.m. NEWPORT BEACH TO CATALINA 800-0000-00744 Departs Balboa Pavilion Sam / Retum from Avalon departs 4:30pm THE CATAUNA ISLANDR ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 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