Fil-Am father, daughters among victims of deadly California boat fire

Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 04 2019 06:04 AM | Updated as of Sep 04 2019 06:33 AM

Courtesy of Give InKind page

DALY CITY, California (UPDATE)—A Filipino-American father and his 3 daughters were among 34 killed in a boat fire near Santa Cruz Island in Southern California on Labor Day.

A relative identified the victims as Michael Quitasol and his daughters Evan, Nicole and Angela.

Michael's wife Fern, who was his daughters' stepmother, was also on board the Concepcion, a 75-foot boat that offered a scuba experience. She was not of Filipino descent.

The scuba diving vessel had embarked for California's Channel Islands on Saturday morning with 39 people on board. It caught fire past 3 a.m. Monday while it was moored just off the shore of Santa Cruz Island.

Five crew members who were above deck on the bridge escaped the fire as passengers slept in the ship's lower quarters.

The 34 others are presumed dead, according to the US Coast Guard, which called off the search Tuesday morning.

The Conception was on a 3-day excursion to the Channel Islands, and was due back in Santa Barbara at 5 p.m. Monday.

A Give InKind page was created to help the family, which has so far raised more than $4,375 of their $20,000 goal.—With reports from Reuters