Boat Fire California

This undated photo provided by Brilliant shows Kristian Takvam, an employee of the education platform Brilliant in San Francisco. Takvam, along with his colleague Carrie McLaughlin, both died in the dive boat Conception fire on Sept. 2, 2019. The loss of the two friends was heartbreaking for their colleagues in Northern California. "Carrie and Kristian were incredible friends and colleagues who brought immense passion, talent, leadership, and warmth, and they will be missed dearly," Brilliant chief executive Sue Khim said in a statement. (Brilliant via AP)

LOS ANGELES — Authorities identified five additional victims Tuesday as divers searched for the last missing passenger who died in a fatal boat fire off the coast of California.

As the families mourned, officials pursued a criminal investigation into the blaze that killed 34 people on Labor Day.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said the victims, 21 women and 13 men from 16 to 62 years old, appear to have died from smoke inhalation before they were burned. Five of six crew members, including the captain, survived after multiple efforts to rescue the dozens trapped below deck.

Authorities said efforts to find the final victim and salvage the Conception are expected to continue Wednesday.

The five additional victims, all from California, are Adrian Dahood-Fritz, 40, of Sacramento; Lisa Fiedler, 52, of Mill Valley; Kristina “Kristy” Finstad, 41, of Tamrick Pines; Fernisa Sison, 57, of Stockton, and Kristian Takvam, 34, of San Francisco.

Finstad, a marine biologist who led the scuba tour, had led hundreds of dives in the Channel Islands. She had just returned from spending several years sailing across the Pacific with her husband.

Fiedler, a Michigan native, was a hairdresser and photographer who thought of herself as “part fish” because of her ocean addiction.

The other three victims identified Tuesday were on the boat with coworkers and loved ones. Sison’s husband, Michael Quitasol, and her three stepdaughters also perished in the fire. Sison and Quitasol worked at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton.

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