Kristy Finstad Killed in California Boat Fire near Santa Cruz Island [SANTA BARBARA, CA]


Kristy Finstad Killed in California Boat Fire near Santa Cruz Island [SANTA BARBARA, CA]
Kristy Finstad Killed in California Boat Fire near Santa Cruz Island [SANTA BARBARA, CA]Kristy Finstad Killed in California Boat Fire near Santa Cruz Island [SANTA BARBARA, CA]

Marine Biologist Behind Santa Barbara Diving Company Missing after Deadly Boat Fire

 
SANTA BARBARA, CA (September 2, 2019) – Family members identified a deceased victim in a boating accident early Monday as 41-year-old Kristy Finstad of Wisconsin. She was a marine biologist leading a scuba diving trip on a boat that caught fire and sank off the coast of Southern California, killing 34 people.
 
Finstad owned Worldwide Diving Adventures with her husband, Dan Chua, and had chartered the boat Conception for a three-day Labor day weekend diving expedition around Channel Islands National Park. Finstad was on board the dive boat when it went up in flames.
 
There were 39 people believed to be on board the boat, including six crew members. Dive teams pulled 20 bodies from the water but suspended the search on Tuesday for the remaining 14 victims. All are presumed dead. However, five crew members escaped the fire.
 
Those who died were trapped on the boat’s lower deck when flames quickly blocked both a narrow stairway and an escape hatch leading to the upper decks, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said.
 
Authorities have identified the other victims as: Neal Baltz, Patricia Beitzinger, Allie Kurtz, Scott Chan, Kendra Chan, Berenice Felipe, Tia Salika, Steve Salika, Diana Adamic, Evan Quitasol, Nicole Quitasol, Angela Quitasol,Fernisa Sison, Michael Quitasol, Charles McIlvain, Marybeth Guiney, Lisa Fiedler and Mike Kohls.
 
Police have not released the identities of the remaining victims.
 
The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.


We would like to send our sincere sympathies to the grieving families and friends of Kristy Finstad and of all other victims.


If you have lost a family member in this tragic accident, we urged you to reach out to our office at Sweet Lawyers today. We will help you file your claim and will litigate your case fervently until we arrive at a successful and favorable outcome. For 44 years, we have helped many families and individuals receive justice and needed compensation from those responsible. For more details, please schedule a free consultation at (800) 674 7852.
 

 

Related Posts

Cheryl Anderson Killed in Two-Vehicle Crash on 44th Avenue [Phoenix, AZ]

Cheryl Anderson Killed in Two-Vehicle Crash on 44th Avenue [Phoenix, AZ]

Cheryl Anderson Dies after Crash near 44th Avenue and Indian School Road in Phoenix Phoenix, AZ (September 27, 2021) – Sunday night, a  63-year-old Cheryl Anderson died and three others sustained injuries in a two-vehicle crash near 44th Avenue and Indian School Road. The fatal two-vehicle crash in Phoenix happened at around 10:45 p.m. on […]

Hunter Dixon of Chico Dies in 8th Street Motorcycle Crash [Chico, CA]

Hunter Dixon of Chico Dies in 8th Street Motorcycle Crash [Chico, CA]

Hunter Dixon Killed, Pesiaune Finau Arrested in Chino Motorcycle Crash Chico, CA (September 28, 2021) – On Sunday, 26-year-old Hunter Dixon of Chico dies, and police arrested 18-year-old Pesiaune Finau, also of Chico, in a motorcycle crash on 8th Street. The crash took place at about 3:43 p.m. at the intersection with Main Street, wherein […]

Kyu Chen of Irvine Dies in Sand Canyon Avenue DUI Crash [Irvine, CA]

Kyu Chen of Irvine Dies in Sand Canyon Avenue DUI Crash [Irvine, CA]

Kyu Chen Killed, Luis Marcial Diaz Arrested in Irvine Crash Irvine, CA (September 28, 2021) – On Monday, 61-year-old Kyu Chen of Irvine dies, and police arrested 21-year-old Luis Marcial Diaz, also of Irvine, in a DUI crash on Sand Canyon Avenue. The fatal crash took place at about 4:10 a.m. at the intersection with […]

Scott Maillet Dies, Stephanie Kramer Injured in Highway 49 Crash [Auburn, CA]

Scott Maillet Dies, Stephanie Kramer Injured in Highway 49 Crash [Auburn, CA]

Auburn Head-On Crash Kills Scott Maillet Auburn, CA (September 28, 2021) – On Sunday, 37-year-old Scott Maillet of Auburn dies, while 32-year-old Stephanie Kramer, also of Auburn, suffered injuries in a crash on Highway 49. The fatal crash took place at about 12:39 p.m. near Rincon Way. Investigating officers said Kramer and Maillet were northbound […]

Help Is Here

We have answers. Tell us about your situation.

Call (800) 674-7854 or request a callback below
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Police Report Request Form

Police Report Request

"*" indicates required fields

Name*
Sweet Lawyers has my permission to help provide a free police report.*
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.