From a veteran water polo coach to a Singaporean data scientist, the passengers aboard the ill-fated Conception dive boat were linked by their love for the water.
Here are some of the victims who have been identified so far.
Veteran water polo coach: Before Justin Dignam, 58, founded a payroll company he coached water polo at universities.
Dignam was a veteran water polo player who played at University of Richmond before coaching a team at Iona College.
Tennessee doctor: Ted Strom, 62, was a staff physician at the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
He was also an associate professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and taught hematopathology and transfusion medicine to medical students and residents, according to his profile on LinkedIn.
Connecticut couple: Sanjeeri Deopujari, a dentist, and Kaustubh Nirmal, a strategic business technologist, lived in Stamford, Conn.
Celebrating a teen’s birthday: Apple engineer Steve Salika, 55, and his wife, Diana Adamic, 60, went on the trip with their daughter Tia Salika to celebrate the teen’s 17th birthday.
Apple colleague Dan Garcia, 46, joined them with his girlfriend Yulia Krashennaya, 40.
Krashennaya was a product manager at Spiralinks where she did contracting work for Cisco Global Event Marketing, Richard Stehn, a company spokesperson told The Mercury News.
Tia Salika brought along her 16-year-old friend Berenice Felipe.
‘Water princess’: Vaidehi Williams lived in Northern California and was passionate about water conservation.
She worked for the Soquel Creek Water District and was raising her two children with her husband, Sarma Williams, according to a GoFundMe page set up to assist the family.
“She brought joy to work every day and was a dear friend to all of us,” the district said. “She will forever be our ‘Water Princess.’”
A family who shared a love of diving: The Quitasol sisters were celebrating their father’s birthday by going on another adventure with him and his wife, Fernisa Sison, family members said. The family had been scuba diving together for at least a decade.
A free spirit: Allie Kurtz, 26, was the sole crewmember who died aboard the Conception.
She previously worked in the movie industry. But she left a job and life in Santa Monica earlier this year to move to Santa Barbara and follow her dream of working on a boat, family members said.
A state environmental scientist and her photographer husband: Adrian Dahood-Fritz, 40, and her 40-year-old husband, professional photographer Andrew Fritz, had just moved to California from Texas for Dahood-Fritz’s new job as a senior environmental scientist for California’s Ocean Protection Council under the California Natural Resources Agency.
Singaporean citizens: Wei Tan, a 26-year-old from Goleta, Calif., was among those identified Friday by authorities.
Tan, who was from Singapore, studied chemical engineering at University of Michigan and industrial engineering and operations research at University of California, Berkeley.
Maribel Leonio, executive officer at Singapore’s consulate in San Francisco, said another Singaporean citizen, Sunil Singh Sandhu, was also on the list of passengers.
Engineering friends: Carrie McLaughlin and Kristian Takvam had successful careers at the education platform Brilliant in San Francisco.
McLaughlin, 35, was a senior software engineer, and Takvam was Brilliant’s vice president of engineering.
‘They went to heaven doing something together that they both loved’: Neal Baltz and Patricia Beitzinger loved the outdoors and adventure, according to Baltz’s family.
The couple, who lived in in Ahwatukee Foothills in southern Phoenix, traveled the world together, taking scuba diving trips in Micronesia and the Caribbean, among other places.
“They went to heaven doing something together that they both loved,” Neal’s father, John Baltz, told ABC affiliate KNXV-TV in Phoenix.
A marine biologist on a mission: Marine biologist Kristy Finstad joked that her blood was salty in a post on her scuba diving company’s website.
The 41-year-old Finstad first swam in the national park as a toddler under her father’s arm, according to the company’s website.
Finstad studied damselfish and corals in the Tahitian Islands, dove for black pearls in the French Polynesian Tuamotus Islands and counted salmonids for the city of Santa Cruz, where she lived. She also did research for the Australian Institute of Marine Science and wrote a restoration guidebook for the California Coastal Commission.
“My mission is to inspire appreciation for our underwater world,” she wrote on her company’s website.
Father-daughter scientists: Raymond “Scott” Chan, 59, and his 26-year-old daughter, Kendra Chan, shared a love of science and diving.
The two, who both lived in Los Altos, took at least two boat trips to the Channel Islands each year, according to their family.
Raymond Chan, who went by his first name Scott, gave up a 20-year career in Silicon Valley to teach.
He was well liked at American High School in Fremont, where he taught Advanced Placement physics classes for the past three years, according to the school district.
Kendra Chan was a wildlife biologist for the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Ventura.