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USFamily Of 5, Santa Cruz Students, Santa Monica Residents Among Victims Of Deadly Santa Cruz Island Boat Fire

09:30  04 september  2019
09:30  04 september  2019 Source:   losangeles.cbslocal.com

Rescue operation underway for over 30 people in boat fire off Ventura County coast, officials say

Rescue operation underway for over 30 people in boat fire off Ventura County coast, officials say Rescue operation underway for over 30 people in boat fire off Ventura County coast, officials say

In the most deadly disaster in Santa Barbara history — maritime or otherwise — 34 people are presumed dead after the Conception, a well-known chartered dive boat , violently burst into flames 20 yards from Santa Cruz Island where it was moored in the early morning hours of Labor Day.

The Conception primarily sails to Anacapa, Santa Cruz , Santa Rosa and San Miguel islands . The boat also visits Catalina, Santa Barbara, San Clemente, San Nicolas, and Cortez Banks Family of 5 , Diving Co. Owner and 2 Students Among Victims Aboard Boat That Burned Near Santa Cruz Island .

Family Of 5, Santa Cruz Students, Santa Monica Residents Among Victims Of Deadly Santa Cruz Island Boat Fire
Family Of 5, Santa Cruz Students, Santa Monica Residents Among Victims Of Deadly Santa Cruz Island Boat Fire
Family Of 5, Santa Cruz Students, Santa Monica Residents Among Victims Of Deadly Santa Cruz Island Boat Fire
Family Of 5, Santa Cruz Students, Santa Monica Residents Among Victims Of Deadly Santa Cruz Island Boat Fire
Family Of 5, Santa Cruz Students, Santa Monica Residents Among Victims Of Deadly Santa Cruz Island Boat Fire
Family Of 5, Santa Cruz Students, Santa Monica Residents Among Victims Of Deadly Santa Cruz Island Boat Fire

SANTA BARBARA (CBSLA) — As authorities continued working Tuesday to identify the victims of the deadly weekend boat fire near Santa Cruz Island, family and friends began to identify the presumed 34 people killed.

Sherrie McDonna broke down into tears as she held a photo of her daughter Alexandra Kurtz at a memorial set up at a dock in Santa Barbara where the Conception Charter Boat was scheduled to return Monday night.

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Authorities update media on the Santa Cruz Island boat fire at a press conference on Sept. 2, 2019. (Credit: KTLA). "Our hearts are with the families and loved ones affected by this tragic Family of 5 , Diving Co. Owner and 2 Students Among Victims Aboard Boat That Burned Near Santa Cruz Island .

Students from Pacific Collegiate School in Santa Cruz — which teaches grades 7-12 charter — were reportedly aboard The Conception when it sank. "Our hearts and prayers are with the families of the victims and those that are missing, particularly those of our students . Right now, our priority as a

“She was a go-getter. She was just following her dreams,” McDonna said. “She loved it here, she loved the boat, she loved diving.”

An undated photo of Alexandra Kurtz who was on board the Conception charter boat.

Kurtz, also known as Allie, was on the three-day scuba diving excursion when the Conception Charter Boat went up in flames early Monday morning.

The emotions of her loss was overwhelming for her mother.

“It comes in waves. I never thought I would have to go through this. She just wanted to follow her dream of the ocean, the sea, diving. That’s what she wanted to do, that’s where she was happy at,” said McDonna.

A photo of Kurtz sits at the growing memorial for the 34 people who authorities believe were sleeping below deck when the fire started.

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The 75-foot dive boat Conception was considered one of the best of its kind in the region, and both it and its operator, Truth Aquatics Inc., were in That all changed Monday in the flash of a predawn fire near Santa Cruz Island , when the Conception sank in flames, taking with it more than 30 people who

Santa Barbara County police say four bodies have been found near the wreckage of the boat that caught fire off Coast Guard suspends search efforts for victims of deadly boat fire . Worldwide Diving Adventures, a company based in Santa Cruz , California, chartered the vessel for Labor Day

Another woman said she lost her sister in the fire.

“She was a crew member…I think that’s all I want to talk about right now,” said the unidentified woman.

The Coast Guard called off the search for any survivors Tuesday morning and said in a press conference that DNA tests will be necessary to identify most of the victims.

An undated photo of Patricia Beitzinger and Neal Baltz who were on board the Conception charter boat.

In the midst of the tragedy, family and friends have begun to remember the 34 passengers that remain unidentified or missing.

Among those being mourned was a couple, Patricia Beitzinger and Neal Baltz, who friends described as funny and always willing to help.

An undated photo of Marybeth Guiney who was on board the Conception charter boat.

Other passengers were acquaintances posted online tributes to were Marybeth Guiney and Charles McIlvain, both of whom were diving enthusiasts from Santa Monica.

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Over 30 Missing in Boat Fire Off Santa Cruz Island in California, Officials Say The United States Coast Guard is searching for more than 30 people after a scuba diving boat caught fire north of Santa Cruz Island in Southern California early Monday morning, a spokeswoman said. © Ventura County Fire Department A search was underway for dozens of people missing after a scuba diving boat caught fire just off Santa Cruz Island in Southern California early Monday morning, officials said. Five crew members, who were on board when the fire began, were able to evacuate, the Coast Guard spokeswoman, Capt. Monica Rochester, said at a news conference. The passengers were believed to have been asleep below deck.

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The Conception, based in Santa Barbara Harbor on the mainland, was owned by Santa Barbara-based Truth Aquatics, founded in 1974. A memorial outside Truth Aquatics in the Santa Barbara Harbor grew Monday night as mourners came to pay their respects. Dave Reid, who runs an underwater camera

The Malibu Divers dive shop posted on its Facebook page: “All of us are devastated by the Conception dive boat tragedy. We’d like to honor Charles McIlvain and Marybeth Guiney by asking you to tell a story about a dive adventure or (anecdote) you had with them. Please share, I know it will help us all.”

Guiney, a sales director and ocean enthusiast who was dedicated to the protection of sharks and other sea life, was hailed by friends as an outgoing figure who always had a smile.

An undated photo of Charles McIlvain who was on board the Conception charter boat.

McIlvain, according to his Facebook page, worked as a visual effects designer for Walt Disney Imagineering. His wife, filmmaker Jasmine Lord, was not with him on Conception dive boat.

Kristy Finstad, who was said to be leading the diving excursion, was onboard.

A school in Santa Cruz was mourning the loss of at least two students and two parents.

“Because we’re a small school we’re very tight-knit. I anticipate everyone in our school community; students, staff, families, will be deeply affected,” said one woman.

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SANTA CRUZ — The majority of the victims of a deadly fire aboard a boat off the coast of Southern California early Monday morning are believed to be from Nine people remain missing, but Coast Guard Captain Monica Rochester said crews suspended their search for survivors around 9:40 a.m

The Santa Cruz Islands are a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean, part of Temotu Province of the Solomon Islands . They lie approximately 250 miles (400 km)

A family of five from Northern California was also said to be among the list of victims.

Authorities said they will be using a rapid DNA test to try to identify the bodies that have been recovered so far.

An undated photo of Kristy Finstad who was on board the Conception charter boat.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, the environmental group Heal the Bay plans to hold a community gathering/vigil/fundraiser in honor of all the victims of the fire. The gathering will be held at Heal the Bay’s aquarium beneath the Santa Monica Pier.

The five crew members who survived the 3:15 a.m. fire Monday morning, were brought to safety by a pair of good Samaritans who happened to be anchored nearby.

As of Tuesday morning, 20 of the 34 missing had been recovered, and four to six more bodies were spotted near the sunken wreckage.

The rest were presumed dead although their bodies had not yet been found.

Rough seas suspend search for final victim of boat fire.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The search for the final victim of a boat fire off the Southern California coast has been suspended until early next week because of gusty winds and rough seas. Authorities said they also suspended efforts to salvage the Conception off of Santa Cruz Island because the conditions were expected to last through the weekend. Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Lt. Erik Raney says the Conception has been secured underwater, where it will remain until it is safe to resume the salvage operation. Thirty-four scuba divers died when the boat caught fire and sank before dawn on Monday.

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