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USCalifornia boat fire: 5 more victims named; 1 body still not found

11:42  11 september  2019
11:42  11 september  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Dozens missing, some dead after diving boat destroyed by fire off California coast

Dozens missing, some dead after diving boat destroyed by fire off California coast The U.S. Coast Guard was involved in a massive rescue operation Monday morning after a 75-foot boat caught fire off the coast of Ventura County, trapping dozens of people. More than 30 people were missing and officials said some died. 

Twenty- five bodies have been found after a boat was destroyed by fire off the coast of California , officials say. Citing the US Coast Guard, media reports said nine people were missing, while five crew members had survived. The fire started in the early hours of Monday, while the boat was anchored

Californian officials have begun the process of identifying the victims of a boat fire that is suspected to have claimed 34 lives. Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said that DNA samples would be required from the families of presumed victims to identify them. Authorities have moved from

The names of five more victims of the Conception boat fire were released Tuesday afternoon, bringing the total number of identified victims to 27.

The five victims were identified as Adrian Dahood-Fritz, 40, Sacramento; Lisa Fiedler, 52, Mill Valley; Kristina "Kristy" Finstad, 41, Tamrick Pines; Fernisa Sison, 57, Stockton; Kristian Takvam, 34, San Francisco, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's-Coroner’s Office.

California boat fire: 'Devastating. Tragic.' Frantic family and friends await answers

California boat fire: 'Devastating. Tragic.' Frantic family and friends await answers In the early morning hours Monday, as news of the devastating fire aboard the diving boat Conception spread, family members and friends of those believed to be on board began racing to sites in Ventura County and the Santa Barbara shores seeking any bit of information about their loved ones. James Kohl rushed to the Coast Guard headquarters in Oxnard, hoping to learn the fate of his brother, Mike, a cook on the Conception, which erupted in flames near the shore of Santa Cruz Island about 3:30 a.m. Pacific time, killing at least eight with more than two dozen passengers missing.

The five additional victims , all from California , are Adrian Dahood-Fritz, 40, of Sacramento; Lisa The other three victims identified Tuesday were on the boat with coworkers and loved ones . Police identify body discovered in Ogden storage shed. Utah mother charged after cigarette burns found on

A vigil was held Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 for the victims of a fatal boat fire in California earlier this week that left 34 people dead. People laid flowers

The victims were identified using rapid DNA technology with samples collected from family members, according to Lt. Erik Raney, of the sheriff's office. Authorities expect to release the identities of the remaining six victims later this week.

Thus far, 33 bodies have been recovered from the boat and the nearby waters after a fire overtook the Conception after 3 a.m. Sept. 2 while the nearly 80-foot vessel was anchored off the coast of Santa Cruz Island.

On board were 39 people, including six crew members.

Five crew members were above deck when the fire erupted and escaped to safety. The other 34 people on board were trapped in the sleeping area below deck and died in the fire.

Sheriff's officials have said preliminary examinations indicate the 33 passengers and one crew member died from smoke inhalation.

Boat Fire Victims Mourned As Rescue Operation Continues Off Ventura Coast

Boat Fire Victims Mourned As Rescue Operation Continues Off Ventura Coast Flowers, candles and even a pair of scuba fins marked the dock in Santa Barbara where the Conception Charter Boat was scheduled to return Monday night. In what is now one of the worst boating tragedies in California history, the United States Coast Guard has confirmed that 25 people are dead and nine are still missing. The five crew members who survived — two with leg injuries — were brought to safety by a pair of good Samaritans who happened to be anchored nearby. “I heard ‘Help,'” Shirley Hanson said. “And my husband got up, and I followed him and he opened the door and saw the flames.

The passengers of the Conception dive boat ended their second day in the waters off the California coast with a nighttime swim, exploring a lush When a massive fire broke out on board around 3 a.m., quickly engulfing the boat , five crew members who were above deck escaped by jumping overboard.

The bodies of 25 people have been found after a dive boat near Santa Cruz Island in California caught fire , as rescuers search for a A further five more were found but cannot be recovered due to unsafe conditions under the boat . The commercial scuba diving boat , named the Conception, had

California boat fire: 5 more victims named; 1 body still not found© Provided by USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. A dive team also returned to the area off Santa Cruz Island Tuesday to search for the remains of the last victim of the Conception boat fire, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The search effort was winding down as the criminal investigation into the boat fire that killed 34 people geared up.

Federal search warrants were executed Sunday in Santa Barbara at Truth Aquatics, the company that owned the Conception. The company's two remaining commercial dive vessels, the Truth and the Vision, were also searched.

Federal agents continued their work Tuesday aboard the boats and crime scene tape near the Sea Landing where Truth Aquatics offices are located closed off the area.

The warrants were served by members of the Coast Guard Investigative Service, the lead agency of the investigation, with assistance from members of the FBI; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.

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 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. “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.

Officials have decided against conducting autopsies on the victims , a move aimed at more quickly releasing the remains to family members, some of whom had traveled to California from as far away as India. The coroner’s office has identified 18 of the recovered bodies and officials released the names

All but one body has been found . High winds have postponed the search for the final victim , as well 33 Bodies Recovered, 1 Still Missing in Boat Fire Off Santa Cruz Island; More Victims ID’d by Boat That Sunk After Fire Off Santa Cruz Island Was on Labor Day Trip From Santa Barbara; 25 Found

On Tuesday, the FBI also asked the public for help with information that could assist investigators.

The FBI asked the public to call 1-800-CALL-FBI and to select the fourth prompt, "FBI case currently highlighted in the news," followed by the fourth prompt again, "Conception Maritime Incident in Santa Barbara, California."

Anyone with photos, videos or other forms of media was asked to submit it to investigators through its site www.fbi.gov/boatfire. Files are limited to 1,024 MB in size and up to four files are allowed.

California boat fire: 5 more victims named; 1 body still not found© CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SANTA BARBARA COUNTY Dive teams worked near the area of the sunken Conception in the days after the fire.

In the meantime, the operation to salvage the dive boat remained suspended because of the rough conditions and were not expected to restart until Wednesday, officials said.

This article originally appeared on Ventura County Star: California boat fire: 5 more victims named; 1 body still not found

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