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

18:20  02 september  2019
18:20  02 september  2019 Source:   latimes.com

Rescue operation underway for over 30 people in boat fire off Ventura County coast, officials say

Rescue operation underway for over 30 people in boat fire off Ventura County coast, officials say Rescue operation underway for over 30 people in boat fire off Ventura County coast, officials say

The fire began on a diving boat located near Santa Cruz island in the Channel Islands, a national Officials in Southern California say at least 29 people are missing after a boat caught fire near the It was located near a harbor on the island, he said, raising hopes that some of the missing had swum

About 52,000 people displaced amid the country’s deadliest fire in a century, as list of missing jumps by hundreds once again.

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LOS ANGELES - 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. Many on the boat were believed to be sleeping below deck when the fire broke out and appear to have been trapped.

"This situation is unfolding," said Coast Guard Petty Officer Third Class Aidan Cooney

Over 30 Missing in Boat Fire Off Santa Cruz Island in California, Officials Say

Over 30 Missing in Boat Fire Off Santa Cruz Island in California, Officials Say The United States Coast Guard is searching for more than 30 people after a scuba diving boat caught fire north of Santa Cruz Island in Southern California early Monday morning, a spokeswoman said. © Ventura County Fire Department A search was underway for dozens of people missing after a scuba diving boat caught fire just off Santa Cruz Island in Southern California early Monday morning, officials said. Five crew members, who were on board when the fire began, were able to evacuate, the Coast Guard spokeswoman, Capt. Monica Rochester, said at a news conference. The passengers were believed to have been asleep below deck.

On Tuesday, after touring Mati, a coastal village wiped out by fire , he said, “Seeing the On social media, people posted pleas for information about missing family members, offers of accommodation Twelve Coast Guard vessels, aided by about 30 private boats , rescued 710 people who were trapped

One person was found dead and another is missing after a boat was discovered spinning in circles off the California coast Sunday, officials said.The 17-foot

The Coast Guard said, "a group of crew members has been rescued (one with minor injuries) and efforts continue to evacuate the remaining passengers."

Rescues from multiple jurisdictions were on the scene off Santa Cruz Island looking for survivors. The effort was hampered by foggy conditions.

A law enforcement source said the boat was largely destroyed by the fire and what was left was being towed to a harbor.

Dozens missing, some dead after diving boat destroyed by fire off California coast© Ventura County Fire Department via AP In this photo provided by the Ventura County Fire Department, VCFD firefighters respond to a boat fire off the coast of southern California, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. The operation was occurring off Santa Cruz Island, where the boat caught fire around 3:30 a.m.

The diving boat was found on the north side of the island in flames, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

California boat fire: 'Devastating. Tragic.' Frantic family and friends await answers

California boat fire: 'Devastating. Tragic.' Frantic family and friends await answers In the early morning hours Monday, as news of the devastating fire aboard the diving boat Conception spread, family members and friends of those believed to be on board began racing to sites in Ventura County and the Santa Barbara shores seeking any bit of information about their loved ones. James Kohl rushed to the Coast Guard headquarters in Oxnard, hoping to learn the fate of his brother, Mike, a cook on the Conception, which erupted in flames near the shore of Santa Cruz Island about 3:30 a.m. Pacific time, killing at least eight with more than two dozen passengers missing.

dozen people missing after mudslides in Southern California destroyed an estimated 100 houses, swept cars to the beach and left at least 17 victims dead . Some 500 firefighters and other rescue workers were searching debris spread across a wide swath of Montecito, a wealthy enclave of about 9

In addition to the dozens killed, three other deaths were reported in the Woolsey Fire in Southern Meanwhile, the Woolsey Fire in Southern California has claimed three lives and destroyed 548 Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across California . A fire truck is seen on the Pacific Coast Highway

Several charter operation run diving expeditions around the Channel Islands. The charters typically take off from Ventura and Santa Barbara harbor for several days.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department identified the boat as the Conception, which is based in Santa Barbara Harbor.

News of the tragedy brought outpouring of grief from both the diving community and elsewhere.

"Heartbroken over the news out of Santa Cruz (Island). I'm grateful for the heroic first responders and rescuers who are working tirelessly on the scene to ensure every person is found. My thoughts are with the families of all those involved," said Sen. Kamala Harris.

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Four missing after ship capsizes, burns near Georgia coast.
Rescue teams were searching for four crewmembers after a cargo ship caught fire and capsized Sunday off the Georgia coast, the Coast Guard said. Twenty people were rescued from the Golden Ray, a 656-foot-long ship bound for Baltimore that was "listing heavily" in St. Simons Sound near Brunswick,  officials said. Coast Guard Sector Charleston was notified by the Glynn County 911 dispatch that the ship had capsized. The Coast Guard "immediately issued an urgent marine information broadcast" and sent ships and two helicopters to the scene.

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