Families of Dive Boat Fire Victims Eligible for Compensation from CA Fund

The families of the victims of the fire aboard the dive boat Conception can seek funding for counseling and funerals from the California Victim Compensation Board, Santa Barbara District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced yesterday. Families who would like information should contact the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office.

Thirty-four people perished when they were trapped below deck when a fire that broke out in the early morning hours blocked their exits. Five crew members, who were above deck, survived.


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Investigators are still trying to determine what started the fire aboard the 75-foot vessel anchored just off the coast of Santa Barbara. The victims included multiple groups of family members.

People Magazine published the names of all of the victims. Those known to have been traveling together are listed together.

  • Steven Salika, 55; Carol Diana Adamic, 60; Tia Salika-Adamic, 17 and Berenice Felipe Alvarez, 16
  • Juha Pekka Ahopelto, 50
  • Neal Gustav Baltz, 42 and Patricia Ann Beitzinger, 48
  • Vaidehi Campbell, 41
  • Raymond “Scott” Chan, 59 and Kendra Chan, 26
  • Justin Carroll Dignam, 58
  • Kristina “Kristy” Finstad, 41
  • Lisa Fiedler, 52
  • Adrian Dahood-Fritz, 40, and Andrew Fritz, 40
  • Daniel Garcia, 46
  • Marybeth Guiney, 51
  • Yuko Hatano, 39
  • Yulia Krashennaya, 40
  • Alexandra “Allie” Kurtz, 26
  • Xiang Lin, 45
  • Charles McIlvain, 44
  • Caroline McLaughlin, 35
  • Kaustubh Nirmal, 33, and Sanjeeri Deopujari, 31
  • Michael Quitasol, 62; Fernisa Sison, 57; Evan Michel Quitasol, 37; Nicole Storm Quitasol, 31 and Angela Rose Quitasol, 28
  • Sunil Singh Sandhu, 45
  • Ted Strom, 62
  • Kristian Takvam, 34
  • Wei Tan, 26



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