KURTZ, Alexandra "Allie"

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Allie Kurtz
Allie Kurtz at the Channel Islands Marine and Wildlife Center

KURTZ, Alexandra "Allie" ( c. 1994-2019), 26-year-old crew member, galley cook and victim of the September 2, 2019 fire aboard the dive boat, Conception, at Santa Cruz Island. She quit her corporate job at Paramount Pictures to work on dive boats. Kurtz, who grew up in Illinois, had recently been promoted to deckhand. She was sleeping below deck with the other passengers when the fire broke out. The five other crew members were in a different area of the boat and survived.

Kurtz graduated from Cincinnati's School for Creative and Performing Arts before moving to Los Angeles to work for Paramount Pictures. She then moved to Santa Barbara to pursue her love of diving.

A GoFundMe page set up by a family friend on behalf of the Kurtz family included a message shared by Kurtz's father. In the message, Robert Kurtz says: "As the news has said there was one missing crew member. That crew member was my beautiful daughter Allie. She did not survive the explosion and I am now in Santa Barbara, CA having to provide DNA so we can identify her, and lay her to rest." Allie had a younger sister.

In the News~

September 3, 2019 [cincinatti.com]: “Cincinnati mom goes to Los Angeles to ID daughter lost in boat fire. A Cincinnati mother flew out to Los Angeles Tuesday after a boat fire presumably killed 34 people, NBC reported. Cherie McDonough was at the scene to help authorities determine if her daughter, Allie Kurtz, 25, was on the trip, NBC News reported. McDonough believes that her daughter is one of the missing and presumed dead victims. "She was following her dream," McDonough said to NBC. Cincinnati's School for Creative and Performing Arts confirmed Tuesday night that Kurtz was an alumna. Kurtz attended the Cincinnati Public School her senior year and graduated in 2011, a school representative said. "The SCPA family extend our deepest condolences to her family," the School for Creative and Performing Arts said in a Facebook message. Records show McDonough and Kurtz shared an address in Westwood.”