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Owner of diving company identified by brother as victim of boat fire

Kristy Finstad was leading a diving tour

Kristy Finstad identified as victim

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Kristy Finstad has been identified as one of the victims on the deadly Conception boat fire. Her brother, Brett Harmeling posted to Facebook on Monday saying, "Please pray for my sister Kristy!! She was leading a dive trip on this boat."

The Los Angeles Times said she and her family own a Santa Cruz City-based group called Worldwide Diving Adventures.

The Worldwide Diving Adventures website says Finstad had thousands of dives under her belt. She first learned how to dive off the coast of the Channel Islands.

The 3-day holiday weekend trip was to explore Santa Cruz Island. The group was also supposed to explore San Miguel Island.

Truth Aquatics has been operating dive boat trips off the coast of Southern California since 1974.

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