The Latest: Authorities release 5 names in fatal boat fire
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a fatal scuba diving boat fire that killed 34 people (all times local):
Authorities say they have confirmed the identities of five victims, all from California, who died in the fatal boat fire off the California coast.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office says 33 of 34 victims have been recovered and now 27 of those people have been identified through DNA.
Authorities say the search for the final victim will resume Wednesday, as will salvage operations for the Conception.
The five additional victims are 40-year-old Adrian Dahood-Fritz of Sacramento; 52-year-old Lisa Fiedler of Mill Valley; 41-year-old Kristina “Kristy” Finstad of Tamrick Pines; 57-year-old Fernisa Sison of Stockton; and 34-year-old Kristian Takvam of San Francisco.
The FBI is seeking photos and videos related to the fatal boat fire off the California coast that killed 34 people as part of its criminal investigation.
The FBI, Coast Guard and U.S. attorney in Los Angeles are participating in the investigation with other agencies. They want to know if the captain and boat owners followed safety requirements.
Divers resumed searching for the final victim Tuesday as salvage operations to raise the Conception out of the water also restarted.
FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller says authorities are asking people to call 1-800-CALL-FBI or visit fbi.gov/boatfire.
Officials say divers have resumed a search for the last missing victim who died in a fatal boat fire as authorities continue a criminal investigation into the blaze that killed 34 people off the coast of California.
The search had been halted over the weekend and Monday because of high winds.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown told the county’s Board of Supervisors that salvage operations to raise the Conception out of the water also restarted Tuesday.
Brown said the victims, 21 women and 13 men, ranged from 16 to 62 years old.
Brown says the preliminary examinations indicate the victims died of smoke inhalation and perished before they were burned.
Authorities are working to identify the victims and release their remains to their families.