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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

Multiple fatalities confirmed in boat fire off Californian coast . NBC News. 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.

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

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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

'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.

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20 dead in California dive - boat fire , report says. (CNN) Twenty bodies have been found after a 75-foot commercial diving boat on a Labor Day excursion caught fire off the coast of 4 dead , dozens still missing after California boat fire - Продолжительность: 2:42 Fox News 32 046 просмотров.

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.

Boat Fire Victims Mourned As Rescue Operation Continues Off Ventura Coast

Boat Fire Victims Mourned As Rescue Operation Continues Off Ventura Coast Flowers, candles and even a pair of scuba fins marked the dock in Santa Barbara where the Conception Charter Boat was scheduled to return Monday night. In what is now one of the worst boating tragedies in California history, the United States Coast Guard has confirmed that 25 people are dead and nine are still missing. The five crew members who survived — two with leg injuries — were brought to safety by a pair of good Samaritans who happened to be anchored nearby. “I heard ‘Help,'” Shirley Hanson said. “And my husband got up, and I followed him and he opened the door and saw the flames.

A dive boat is engulfed in flames after a deadly fire broke out aboard the commercial scuba diving vessel off the Southern California Coast . Source: AP. More. "The crew was actually already awake and on the bridge and they jumped off ," Rochester said. Two suffered minor injuries, Coast Guard

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

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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The Latest: Coast Guard issues safety edict after boat fire.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a fatal boat fire off the Southern California coast that killed 34 people (all times local): 1:50 p.m. The Coast Guard has issued safety recommendations in the wake of a fatal boat fire off the Southern California coast that killed 34 people. A Coast Guard bulletin says the owners and operators of vessels should immediately reduce potential fire hazards and consider limiting unsupervised charging of lithium-ion batteries and extensive use of power strips and extension cords.

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