More details emerge about the Lodi and Stockton residents who died in scuba accident in Tuolumne County
Autopsy results for mine victims may be announced today
Saturday, 3:15 p.m.: Scuba diver Cameron
Wheeler, a Stockton orthodontist, called 911 to report that two
people were in trouble in Harvard Mine Pit. Wheeler told Tuolumne
County Sheriff’s deputy James Gragg that he and three friends were
scuba diving in the mine when Jamie Pollard, of Stockton, 37,
panicked for an unknown reason. Wheeler brought Pollard to the
surface. Pollard appeared to be all right, but he died at Sonora
Regional Medical Center. Pollard’s death was reported to the
Sheriff’s office at 4:09 p.m.
After retrieving Pollard, Wheeler told Gragg that he dove back
into the mine to search for Dale Allen Dedic, 34, of Lodi. Wheeler
called 911 after he failed to locate Dedic.
Monday, about 11 a.m.: U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers, deploying special equipment into the mine, found Dedic’s
body in water about 135 feet deep.
Tuesday: Autopsies performed on Dedic and
Wednesday: Autopsy results to be announced,
unless coroner determines need to check on possible equipment
— Ross Farrow
- About Harvard Mine pit
Harvard Mine, located off Harvard Mine Road near Jamestown, was
discovered in 1848 and was used for mining from 1890 to 1916. It
produced 3.4 to 4.9 troy ounces of gold. Between 1986 and 1994,
Sonora Mining Co. processed about 17 million short tons of ore,
yielding about 660,000 troy ounces of gold, according to the U.S.
Arsenian pyrite, also known as fool’s gold, combines iron and
sulfur, according to Leslie Gordon of the U.S. Geological Survey.
It can decompose with water and create sulfuric acid. It’s a common
mineral you can find in metallic mines, Gordon said. It’s found in
gold, silver and copper.
— Source: U.S. Geologic Survey
Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 12:00 am
Updated: 9:06 am, Wed Apr 13, 2011.
Autopsies for Dale Allen Dedic, of Lodi, and Jamie Pollard, of
Stockton, who died in an abandoned mine filled with water in
Tuolumne County, were scheduled for Tuesday, but results won’t be
released until at least today.
Dedic, 34, and Pollard, 37, died while scuba diving in the
Harvard Mine Pit near Jamestown on Saturday, according to the
Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 12:00 am.
Updated: 9:06 am.