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

07:15  03 september  2019
07:15  03 september  2019 Source:   latimes.com

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California boat fire – Eight dead and 26 missing after 75ft dive boat bursts into flames as captain A devastating blaze may have killed dozens after tearing through a diving boat off the Californian coast. People hug each other as they await news outside of the Truth Aquatics office in Santa

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

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LOS ANGELES - 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.

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.

Eight people were confirmed dead from a predawn fire that sank a boat off a Southern California island and 26 others who were on the scuba diving “This isn’t a day that we wanted to wake up to for Labor Day and it’s a very tragic event, Coast Guard Captain Monica Rochester told a news conference.

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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.

Many aboard the boat were believed to be sleeping below deck when the fire broke out, triggering intense flames that engulfed the 75-foot vessel. Five crew members, who were on the deck at the time, escaped and were rescued by a good Samaritan boat nearby. The Conception sank around 7:20 a.m., the Coast Guard said.

Names of those missing and dead are being withheld pending next-of-kin notifications.

The Conception had departed from Santa Barbara Harbor on Saturday morning and was scheduled to return Monday about 5 p.m. By early afternoon dozens of flower arrangements lined the railing at the harbor's Sea Landing, from where the Conception left.

U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Calif., who arrived at the harbor along with family members seeking answers, said: "Devastating. Tragic. And we're hoping there could still be some survivors."

Harbor employees said they could not comment on the tragedy and were still waiting to hear from the Coast Guard. Employees were hugging each other as tourists and other people going fishing were boarding a nearby boat.

By about noon, officials had established a family assistance center at Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara and a phone line was opened at (833) 688-5551.

Suzanne Grimmesey, a Santa Barbara County spokeswoman, said numerous family members of passengers were en route and were traveling from out of the area.

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