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Brother of California boat fire victim speaks out on family’s heartbreak

Brother of California boat fire victim speaks out on family’s heartbreak


TO WAIT. THANK YOU IN L.A. TODAY.>>Sandra: OUR NEXT GUEST IS THE BROTHER OF CHRISTIE FINSTAD THE DIVING INSTRUCTOR ON THE CONCEPTION. JOINING US NOW IS BRET HARMELING. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE THIS MORNING. SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.>>THANK YOU.>>Sandra: HOW ARE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY DOING THIS MORNING?>>SO WE’RE DOING GOOD. WE’RE DOING AS GOOD AS WE CAN ACTUALLY AND PROCESSING THROUGH THIS TRAGEDY. JUST ONE MOMENT BY MOMENT. BROUGHT US CLOSE TOGETHER AS THE FAMILY AND WE’RE JUST NAVIGATING THROUGH THIS TIME TOGETHER THROUGH LOVE AND GOT US THROUGH FOR ALL THE SUPPORT WE’VE BEEN RECEIVING.>>Sandra: WE’RE SEEING SOME BEAUTIFUL IMAGES AND PICTURES OF YOUR SISTER WITH YOU. I KNOW YOU TWO WERE VERY CLOSE. HOW DID YOU FIRST GET WORD OF THIS BOAT FIRE AND THIS HORRIFIC TRAGEDY?>>IT CAME OUT OF MY FIANCE, AND MY DAD LEFT ME A VOICEMAIL SAYING WE DON’T HAVE GOOD NEWS. AND I DON’T WATCH THE NEWS AND SO I LOOKED AT WHAT HAPPENED AND I JUST HAD THIS OVERWHELMING WAVE OF SADNESS AND I JUST HAD THIS FEELING OF GRIEF THAT CAME OVER MY BODY AND WHAT I DID KNOW AND WHAT BROUGHT ME CALMNESS IF MY SISTER DID HAVE A WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY TO SURVIVE, THAT SHE WOULD HAVE MADE IT HAPPEN DUE TO KNOWING HER AND KNOWING HER SKILL SET AND HER AWARENESS OF THE BOAT AND EVERYTHING LIKE THAT. SHE HAD ALL THE TOOLS SHE NEEDED TO MAKE — TO LIVE IF IT WAS A POSSIBILITY.>>I KNOW YOU’VE TALKED ABOUT HER DIVING SINCE SHE WAS A TODDLER AND SHE HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THOUSANDS OF DIVES IN HER LIFE. AND SAFETY WAS SUCH A BIG THING FOR HER. NOT KNOWING EXACTLY HOW THIS HAPPENED HAS GOT TO BE SO DIFFICULT. AS YOU HEARD FROM OUR REPORTER THERE, OUR AUDIENCE JUST HEARD YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND THE OTHER VICTIMS’ FAMILY MEMBERS WERE ABLE TO MEET WITH OFFICIALS ON THE GROUND THERE FOR HOURS. WAS IT HELPFUL? WERE YOU ABLE TO GET SOME INFORMATION AS TO HOW THIS HAPPENED?>>YES. THE INFORMATION THAT HAS BEEN RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC AND TO MY FAMILY IS JUST BEING HELD PRIVATE NOW UNTIL WE CAN UNDERSTAND WHAT THE TRUE CAUSE OF THIS ACCIDENT WAS. ABSOLUTELY DEVASTATING FOR MY FAMILY AND ALL THE FAMILIES INVOLVED. MY HEART AND SYMPATHY GOES OUT TO ANYONE THAT IS HOLDING SPACE FOR HEALING TO HAPPEN RIGHT NOW IN THEIR LIFE.>>Sandra: THOSE FIVE CREW MEMBERS THAT JUMPED — THEY JUMPED OVERBOARD AND WE’VE HEARD THE CALLS OF DISTRESS AND HOW PANICKED THEY WERE ABOUT THOSE THAT WERE BELOW DECK INCLUDING YOUR SISTER. HAVE YOU SPOKEN WITH ANY OF THOSE CREW MEMBERS?>>I HAVEN’T HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK WITH THE CREW MEMBERS BUT I DO KNOW THAT WE JUST HAVE TO HANDLE THIS WITH RESILIENCY AND LEARN HOW TO OBSERVE, ADAPT AND RECOVER FROM WHAT WE HAVE LEFT FROM THIS HORRIBLE ACCIDENT.>>Sandra: COULD YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR SISTER AND SHE WAS AN EXPERIENCED DIVER, SAFETY WAS A BIG THING FOR HER. YOU TWO WERE BEST OF FRIENDS AND THIS IS SOMETHING SHE LOVED TO DO AND I KNOW YOU SAID THAT BRINGS YOU SOME PEACE KNOWING THAT SHE WAS DOING — SHE WAS — THIS WAS HER PASSION.>>YEAH. IT BRINGS ME PEACE KNOWING THAT SHE DID TRANSITION TO BE WITH THE GOOD LORD DOING SOMETHING THAT SHE LOVED. HER TRUE PASSION. SHE WAS AN AQUATIC BIOLOGIST AND HAD A DEEP DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE FOR OCEAN LIFE AND MOTHER EARTH. SHE SHARED THAT PASSION WITH EVERYONE SHE KNEW. SHE WAS EXTREMELY INTELLIGENT AND EXTREMELY FUN AND LOVING AND SHE JUST SHINED HER LIGHT EVERYWHERE. SHE TURNED ME ON TO YOGA AND I’M AN ACTIVE YOGA INSTRUCTOR NOW AND I WILL NEVER FORGET JUST THE FEELINGS AND THE MEMORIES THAT WE’VE CREATED TOGETHER IN ALL OF OUR ADVENTURES. AS THEY SAY DEATH IS THE GREATEST ADVENTURE OF ALL. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE ALWAYS SHARED WITH EACH OTHER THAT TRAVEL DOESN’T BECOME ADVENTURE UNTIL YOU LEAVE YOURSELF BEHIND. ALTHOUGH SHE IS NO LONGER HERE, HER SPIRIT AND HER LOVE AND HER VIBRANT ENERGY WILL ALWAYS BE WITHIN ME AND EVERY PERSON THAT SHE EVER GOT TO BE AROUND.>>Sandra: VERY CLEARLY THE TWO OF YOU HAD A VERY STRONG FAMILY BOND AND CONNECTION. WE’RE SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS AND OUR BEST TO YOUR FAMILY.>>WELL THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR LETTING ME SHARE ABOUT MY SISTER. SHE IS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL SOUL AND I JUST ONCE AGAIN THANK EVERYONE FOR THE SUPPORT. I’M READING ALL THE MESSAGES AND GETTING ALL THE CALLS AND SHARING IT WITH MY FAMILY AND WE LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH. THIS HAS BROUGHT US TOGETHER AND ALSO HOPEFULLY EVERYONE INVOLVED. ALL THE PEOPLE GOING THROUGH A HORRIBLE TIME WITH THE HURRICANE AND EVERYTHING, WHATEVER KIND OF TRAGEDY YOU ARE DEALING WITH IN YOUR LIFE IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW YOU ARE LOVED AND THERE WERE PEOPLE THAT ARE HERE TO SUPPORT YOU.>>Sandra: LOVE YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS WHILE YOU HAVE THEM IS YOUR MESSAGE. YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN IT CAN COME TO AN END. BRETT, THANK YOU.>>YOU’RE WELCOME. THANK YOU.>>Bill: WHAT A GREAT BROTHER.>>Sandra: INCREDIBLY SAD.>>Bill: GOOD MAN THERE.>>Sandra: MESSAGE EARLIER. LOVE THE PEOPLE YOU HAVE IN YOUR LIFE BECAUSE YOU DON’T KNOW WHEN THEIR TIME IS UP. REALLY NEAT CONNECTION HE HAD WITH HIS SISTER AND SHE IS GONE NOW.

91 thoughts on “Brother of California boat fire victim speaks out on family’s heartbreak”

  1. God bless themπŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ˜ͺπŸ˜ͺπŸ˜ͺπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘πŸ™ŒπŸ‘‘

  2. The way media uses tragedy to make money makes me sick. "so you were close to your sister and she died how did you hear about this give us details did you see the bodies were they bloody??" FOX and the rest do not care about these people they just want them to relive tragedy so they can get views and money. Just like politicians dont care about immigrants or gun rights or ANYTHING they just say they do to get what they really want MONEY AND POWER! Like an ambulance chasing lawyer, media only cares about the money.

  3. I'm really surprised the left hasn't blamed the president for this….everything else is apparently his fault.

  4. Trump is obviously mentally unstable and trump cultist sheepeople are seriously disturbed. Their comments on this tragedy are the proof.

  5. .Climate change is a deep state hoax to feed the serpent puppeteers billions of dollars while the sucker populace suffers as complacent slaves under beast system demonic tyranny paying a phony carbon tax for a global warming the deep state creates with HAARP technology

  6. Thought the captain and crew we're supposed to go down with the ship? Doors were locked! People were left to fend for themselves! Captain and crew need to go to jail !

  7. my prayers go out to these familys. it might be just me but this is fishy, who else was on this boat? how did the fire start? where was all the life boats and jackets? was the fire so fast they couldn't evacuate? theres a lot thats just not adding up, it would be horrible if this was set up for an assassination or " sleight of hand tactic" look over here so you don't see what were doing over there kind of thing, I hope I'm wrong, either way its a big tragedy.

  8. Things are gonna change from a very kick back, layed back environment to very real reality on them boats. Many can speculate what happened yet no one did assume it could happen… if everyone is asleep. This is a life long horror for many…

  9. Let this be a lesson to everyone with all the craziness that’s going on in the world we all lose our way sometimes we only have one life to live in this world we are just passing through we had to take one day at a time because we never know when it’s time for us to go treat people with respect do no harm to yourself or anybody else peace love and light to all

  10. this story is so strange. I feel bad for those people. I hope they figure out the full truth of what happened and if there was wrong doing, charges need to be brought forth.

  11. All the crew survived, and all the passengers died??? Something not right here. Passengers locked in??? Any crew member on watch?? What caught fire? Stinks to high heaven!!!

  12. I PRAY FOR THE FAMILIES THAT ARE AFFECTED BY THIS TRAGEDY. MAY EVERYONE LEARN TO LOVE. MY THE LORD COMFORT THE WORLD WITH THE COMPATION THAT ONLY YOU CAN PROVIDE ..IN THE HOLY NAME OF JESUS AMEN

  13. Once again I’m humbled by the words of a good person. What ever plans .. phone calls .. trips or goals we talk about .. maybe it’s time to make something happen. Life is real and when we die that’s real too. Everyday tragedies are impacting families and communities abroad. ❀️ Don’t put off tomorrow what you can do today.

  14. Everyone was Trapped. No Fire Extinguishers? No water pumps? Only one exit-entry??. This was a Hit. Lets see the passenger list
    She was sleeping and she was not doing what she wants. Wake up

  15. In the press conference they said the investigation would take up to almost two years. ?…
    The Warren report on the Kennedy took less then one.

  16. So many unanswered questions… How did crew on watch not smell smoke? Why were passengers locked in? Why was the other exit blocked? How many were on watch? Where was the fire most intense? What was the accelerant that spread the fire so quickly? Who were the passengers and were they a target?

  17. I heard they were LOCKED IN BELOW ,THE ONLY way out .who locked them in?and all crew were awake and couldn't save them instead they all ESCAPE something is very Wrong with this.

  18. My condolences to the families of the lost souls on board. I just can’t believe that the operator of the dive boat got a license to operate a vessel for a dive operation with below deck occupancy with only one entrance/ exit. No emergency exit/ exits.

  19. Where were the fire extinguishers??? Why couldn't they get to one and use it at one of the openings??? There should of been multiple extinguishers on board!

  20. Died doing what she loved? I don't think she loved being trapped and burned alive while stuck in an enclosed area with no escape.

  21. Conception diving?
    Yoga as active yoga instructor?
    Very strong bonding connection's.
    Such a beautiful soul.

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    The yoga brother used πŸ™πŸ» just like Narender Modi PM of India and family losses.

  22. I dont believe this was an accident by no means! What a horrible horrible situation! I hope that if there was nefarious deeds that they are brought to Light! And may the family & friends be comforted by God & be able to Heal and get answers to what REALLY happened!

  23. SO they had a huge boat used for commercial diving with paying customers and NO FIRE CONTROL SYSTEM??? Hope they have good insurance because I smell lawsuits!

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