Heartbreaking pic shows 4 presumed victims of California boat fire on vacation

This now-heartbreaking photo shows two Apple executives, their teen daughter, and the daughters friend diving in the waters off Venezuela on a Thanksgiving family vacation last year — just ten months before they died together in the tragic California boat fire.

The picture shows Steve Salika, a senior manager at Apple, with his wife Diana Ademic, their daughter Tia Salika and her friend Berenice Felipa scuba diving during their trip at a family-friendly diving camp.

It was provided to the Associated Press by Margo Peyton, an employee at Kids Sea Camp week, which takes place at Buddy Dive Resort off the island of Bonaire.

Steve was a 30-year veteran of Apple, who met his wife while she was working for the tech company, Deirdre OBrien, a senior vice president of retail and people at Apple told SF Gate.

The couple had taken their daughter on the diving boat the Conception to celebrate her 17th birthday, and the family brought along Felipa, who was a classmate of Tias at Pacific Collegiate School in Santa Cruz, NBC News reported.

They were among the 33 passengers and one crewmember who became trapped below deck when the ship caught fire and sank off the coast of Southern California early Monday.

The captain and four crew members on the main deck made several attempts to rescue the people below, but as the flames and heat grew stronger, had to jump overboard, federal authorities said Thursday.

Authorities had recovered all but one of the victims bodies by Thursday. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

Ademic volunteered at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter,Read More – Source

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