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Two Santa Monica Residents Among Dead in Diving Boat Fire
1900 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405
By Jorge Casuso
September 4, 2019 -- Two Santa Monica residents were among the 34 people killed early Monday morning when a scuba diving boat caught fire near the Santa Cruz Islands.Charles McIlvain and Marybeth Guiney were diving enthusiasts who lived in a condominium building on the 2600 block of Centinela Avenue.
McIlvain, who worked as a visual effects designer for Walt Disney Imagineering, was known for his work on films such as “Spider-Man” and “Green Lantern.”
"May every heart heal, may every family feel loved, may we cherish every moment with our friends and family. Please may I say their spirits are not far away."In a family statement, McIlvain's wife, Jasmine Lord, said her husband and his close friend, Guiney, lived their lives to the fullest.
The boat fire erupted around 3:15 a.m. on Labor Day killing the 34 people who were below decks sleeping.
DNA will be needed to identify the victims, authorities said.
On the Malibu Divers' tribute page Joseph Mancha recalled McIlvain as "a magical person."
"I must have met Chuck when I was 20 years old," Mancha wrote. "His sense of humor was legendary and I thought the world of him for his work on feature vfx.
"Really wish this was one his sick jokes. But in memory of good people who go too early please reach and make someone smile... At work, in the line at the grocery store. Wherever you go or wind up, be like Chuck."
On the same tribute page, Newsha Tarifard recalled Guiney as a good friend whose "passion in life was diving -- wherever and whenever she could.
"I'm glad she spent much of the last year and half traveling the world and doing what she loved most," Tarifard wrote.
"I hope she is off swimming with dolphins and sharkies somewhere beautiful."
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