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TechnologyCalifornia dive boat fire: Dozens trapped after flames blocked escape routes

12:35  04 september  2019
12:35  04 september  2019 Source:   cnn.com

Dozens missing, some dead after diving boat destroyed by fire off California coast

Dozens missing, some dead after diving boat destroyed by fire off California coast The U.S. Coast Guard was involved in a massive rescue operation Monday morning after a 75-foot boat caught fire off the coast of Ventura County, trapping dozens of people. More than 30 people were missing and officials said some died. 

A California dive - boat fire that killed dozens of people was a 'worst-case' scenario, according to Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown. SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The US Coast Guard on Tuesday suspended the search for victims of a deadly Labor Day boat fire off the California coast, officials said.

Dozens of people are feared dead after the 75-foot scuba diving boat ‘Conception’ caught fire just before 3:30am and sank near Santa Cruz Island off the coast of California , leaving the sleeping Crew members told their rescuers that the passengers trapped on the burning vessel included one of

The 34 people feared dead in a California dive boat fire likely got trapped when the roaring blaze blocked their escape routes and confined them to the lower sleeping deck, authorities said.

California dive boat fire: Dozens trapped after flames blocked escape routes© Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire The 75' Conception, based in Santa Barbara Harbor, caught fire early 9/2 while anchored off Santa Cruz Island, multiple agencies responded. 5 people were rescued and 34 are missing.

The Coast Guard on Tuesday suspended the search for victims of the deadly Labor Day boat fire that happened off the Southern California coast. Of the 39 people aboard the 75-foot dive boat Conception, only four crew members and a captain were found alive.

'I can't breathe … . there's no escape hatch': Dramatic mayday call from California boat on fire

'I can't breathe … . there's no escape hatch': Dramatic mayday call from California boat on fire In an SOS call alerting authorities to the fire aboard a boat in the Channel Islands off Ventura County early Monday, the caller said he could not breathe and that there was no escape hatch for those below the deck sleeping. Coast Guard officials said four bodies have been recovered and up to 30 people are believed to be missing after a 75-foot commercial diving boat erupted in flames near the shoreline of Santa Cruz Island. Those on board were thought to be sleeping below deck when the fire broke out in the predawn hours.

Dozens missing after boat catches fire off California coast. In this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, firefighters work to extinguish a dive boat engulfed in flames after a deadly fire broke out aboard the commercial scuba diving vessel off the Southern California Coast

Dozens feared dead after fire on scuba dive boat off California coast | ITV News - Продолжительность: 2:04 ITV News 176 просмотров. Video: 4 die, 29 missing in California dive boat fire ; crew jumped - Продолжительность: 1:31 WFSB 3 134 просмотра.

California dive boat fire: Dozens trapped after flames blocked escape routes© Glen Fritzler/MarineTraffic.com The 75-foot Conception was on a three-day trip and was slated to return Monday.

Passengers were not locked in the sleeping deck, but they were unable to flee the burning boat, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said.

"There was a stairwell to get down the main entryway, up and down, and there was an escape hatch. And it would appear as though both of those were blocked by fire," he added.

The boat was about 20 miles off the mainland coast, near Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands National Park.

Twenty bodies recovered

Thirty-three people had signed up to spend the Labor day weekend scuba diving and exploring colorful underwater sea life. Now their families are facing a long, agonizing wait for answers after the ship caught fire off Santa Cruz Island on the last part of the three-day trip.

Flames blocked escape for 34 divers on boat, officials say

Flames blocked escape for 34 divers on boat, officials say SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Flames roared through a boat of sleeping scuba divers so quickly that it appears none of the 34 people below deck could escape, authorities said Tuesday as they ended their search without finding anyone who was missing still alive from the Labor Day tragedy off the Southern California coast. It's not known what started the fire early Monday aboard the Conception, which carried scuba diving enthusiasts on a three-day excursion. It spread rapidly and flames blocked both exits out of the lower deck, where passengers and one crew member were sleeping in tight quarters, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said.

Dozens of people are feared dead after a fire on a boat near Los Angeles (Image: VENTURA COUNTY Rescuers are desperately hunting for survivors after a boat fire in California (Image Mr Bemis said: "The report we got was they were trapped by the fire . The fire was so intense that even

They were rescued by a Good Samaritan boat called the Grape Escape . Coast Guard Capt. Monica Rochester says the search for more than two dozen other missing persons will Dozens of people are feared to have died after a 75-foot dive boat burst into flames off the coast of California early Monday.

The bodies of 11 women and nine men have been recovered, Brown said.

Divers have seen several bodies in the wreckage but couldn't recover them because the boat was unstable, he added. Crews will try to stabilize the boat so divers can safely enter it to get the remaining bodies.

Coast Guard Capt. Monica Rochester said the search and rescue operation is now a recovery mission.

"It is never an easy decision to suspend search efforts," Rochester said. "We know that this is a very difficult time for families and friends of the victims."

James Kohls is hoping that his brother made it out alive. Mike Kohls was the galley cook and a deckhand on the Conception.

"It's very surreal at the moment," he said "They were going to let me know whether he was one of the survivors that got off."

The lifelong surfer and father would typically be making breakfast for the passengers on the ship around the time the fire broke out.

Lack of escape routes in California boat fire becomes focus as investigation intensifies

Lack of escape routes in California boat fire becomes focus as investigation intensifies As investigators searched for answers in the worst maritime disaster in modern California history, there was growing focus Tuesday on the limited escape routes available to the 34 people who are believed to have perished when a diving charter boat caught fire early Monday. 

A U.S. Coast Guard spokesperson said 34 passengers are still unaccounted for after a commercial scuba- dive boat sank in flames off the coast of Southern

At least 8 killed and dozens missing after boat fire off California coast. Four bodies have been found near the wreckage of a commercial diving vessel that caught fire early Monday morning near an island off the coast of Southern California , Santa Barbara County Sheriff-Coroner Bill Brown said

While it's still possible some passengers may have survived, the odds are stacked against them, Santa Barbara County fire spokesman Mike Eliason said.

"We're still holding hope that someone may have swum to shore," he said. "When they anchor overnight, they're pretty close to shore. We have to hope, but we plan for worst-case scenario."

Rapid DNA technology to be used to ID victims

Authorities will use rapid DNA technology to identify those whose bodies were burned beyond recognition, Brown said. DNA samples are being collected from family members.

The technology can simultaneously analyze five DNA samples in 90 minutes, and was used to quickly identify victims of the devastating Camp Fire in Northern California last year, federal authorities said. It can take weeks to get results in a traditional forensic lab.

The blaze swallowed most of the boat within minutes. Ventura County firefighters reached the boat within 15 minutes, but by then, it was engulfed in flames.

Firefighters struggled to extinguish the fire because the flames flared back up likely because of the fuel on board, the Coast Guard said.

Divers recover body of last missing victim of boat fire.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Divers on Wednesday recovered the body of the last missing victim of a boat fire off the California coast that killed 34 people. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office announced the end of the search on Twitter , saying it was "relieved to report" the final victim had been found. Authorities were still doing DNA tests to confirm the identities of seven of the victims. Earlier in the day, the Coast Guard announced it has issued new safety recommendations in the wake of the tragedy near Santa Cruz Island, such as limiting the unsupervised charging of lithium-ion batteries and the use of power strips and extension cords.

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