Sacramento Couple Among Passengers In Fatal Southern California Boat Fire

Multiple Fatalities In Boat Fire Near Santa Cruz Island

34 passengers were presumed dead after a commercial diving boat caught fire early Monday (September 2) morning.

Two of the passengers were a couple new to the Sacramento area. Andrew Fritz and his wife Adrian Dahood-Fritz, both 40-years-old, moved to Sacramento from Texas in April, 2019.

Gov. Gavin Newsom gave a public statement regarding the couple:

"We are saddened to learn that Adrian Dahood-Fritz, who worked for the Ocean Protection Council under the California Natural Resources Agency since April as a senior environmental scientist, and her husband Andrew Fritz, were aboard the boat and are presumed dead," said Newsom. "Adrian led the state’s efforts to manage California’s network of marine protected areas, and she cared deeply about the ocean and biodiversity. She embodied marine conservation and was a highly accomplished and respected scientific researcher. Adrian’s passion and energy will be greatly missed."

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