Senior Software Engineer Caroline McLaughlin Among 34 Killed in Santa Barbara County Boat Fire
SANTA BARBARA, CA (September 9, 2019) – After the diving boat fire early last Monday near Santa Cruz Island, police identified a fatal victim as Caroline McLaughlin.
According to San Francisco-based company Brilliant, Carrie is from Oakland. In addition, she is their senior software engineer and was with her colleague, Kristian Takvam, on the Conception boat.
Based reports, flames engulfed the 75-foot diving vessel at approximately 3:00 AM on Labor Day off the coast of Southern California. 39 people, including six crew members, were on board during the accident. Five crew members escaped the fire. However, the 33 passengers and one crew member in the lower deck became trapped.
Furthermore, the boat sank four hours later and as of Wednesday afternoon, search teams recovered 33 bodies. On Friday, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Office issued a result of their preliminary examination revealing that the victims died of smoke inhalation rather than burns.
The 31 other victims are identified as: Neal Baltz, Patricia Beitzinger, Kristy Finstad, Evanmichel Quitasol, Nicole Quitasol, Angela Quitasol, Fernisa Sison, Michael Storm Quitasol, Allie Kurtz, Raymond Scott Chan, Kendra Chen, Steve Salika, Tia Salika, Diana Salika, Berenice Felipe Alvarez, Mike Kohls, Charles McIlvain, Marybeth Guiney, Lisa Fiedler, Daniel Garcia, Yulia Krashennaya, Kristian Takvam, Adrian Dahood-Fritz, Andrew Fritz, Vaidehi Campbell, Kaustubh Nirmal, Sanjeeri Deopujari, Justin Dignam, Ted Strom, Wei Tan and Sunil Singh Sandhu.
On Sunday, authorities served search warrants at Truth Aquatics’ offices, the Southern California company that owned the diving vessel. No further details have been released at this time. The cause of the fire is still currently under investigation by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.
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