Vigil held for 34 killed in California dive boat fire
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The 34 people who died in a diving boat fire off Southern California are being remembered by those who shared their love of the sea. Hundreds turned out Friday evening for a vigil at a Santa Barbara park. The dead were "our friends and our family members. Our common love of diving binds us together for eternity," said Don Barthelmess, a local dive instructor. Thirty-four scuba tanks lined the stage.
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At least 25 people have died while many remain missing after a 75-foot commercial dive boat, identified as the Conception, caught fire 20 yards off the coast of Santa Cruz Island, California early morning on Sept. 2. Five people were rescued by a passing boat identified as the Grape Escape while crew members of the burning boat jumped off during the incident. Passengers were believed to be sleeping when the blaze took over.
(Pictured) In this photo provided by the Ventura County Fire Department, VCFD firefighters respond to a boat fire off the coast of southern California, on Sept. 2.
The owners of the boat in the California fire that killed 34 blamed their insurers for a lawsuit aimed at limiting victims' payouts to $0
Truth Aquatics' lawsuit was filed three days after the Conception diving boat caught fire, when rescuers were still recovering the victims' bodies.
Vans carry the victims of a pre-dawn fire that sank a commercial diving boat off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, on Sept. 2.
A couple who stated their son was on a boat that sank off, exit a press conference at the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Headquarters as the search continues for those missing in a pre-dawn fire on Sept. 2.
People embrace beside a memorial wall near the Truth Aquatics moorings where the boat that burned and sank off the Santa Cruz islands, on Sept. 2.
JJ Lambert and Jenna Marsala hang a scuba flag at a makeshift memorial near Truth Aquatics on Sept. 2.
A pair of diving fins and flowers is seen at a memorial wall near the Truth Aquatics moorings on Sept. 2.
Colin Martz, 16, an intern at the Santa Barbara Sailing Center, walks to place flowers at a memorial for those lost at sea on Sept. 2.
A Coast Guard crew leaves the US Coast Guard Station Channel Islands as they head out to the scene of the burning boat, in Oxnard, on Sept. 2.
Coast Guard officials speak during a press conference at the US Coast Guard Station Channel Islands in Oxnard, on Sept. 2.
This photo shows a view of the Sea Landing in Santa Barbara, on Sept. 2.
California dive boat owner quickly asks judge to limit payouts to victims' families
The owners of the California diving boat that burned during a Labor Day weekend charter near Santa Barbara, killing 34 people aboard, have turned to a 19th century maritime law to argue they should not have to pay any money to the families of victims. © NTSB/Los Angeles Times/TNS NTSB Board Member Jennifer Homendy and USCG Capt. Jason Neubauer tour the berthing area of small passenger vessel Vision, a similar vessel to Conception. In their petition filed Thursday, attorneys for the owners of Truth Aquatics Inc.
James Kohl waits at the gate of the Ventura County Coast Guard station for news of his brother Mike Kohl, age 58, who was a cook on the dive boat, on Sept. 2, in Ventura.
Maya Upton, of Santa Barbara, places flowers outside of the Sea Landing, on Sept. 2.
A woman is comforted by police as she makes her way to a center for relatives of victims of the incident off the Santa Cruz islands, at the Coast Guard base in Oxnard, on Sept. 2.
A member of the crew believed to be the captain of the dive boat is brought back to the Coast Guard station, on Sept. 2, in Ventura.
Members of the American Red Cross arrive at U.S. Coast Guard Station Channel Islands in Oxnard, on Sept. 2.
In this photo provided by the Ventura County Fire Department, VCFD firefighters respond to the boat fire, on Sept. 2.
California boat fire: Investigators serve search warrants on Conception owner
Federal investigators served search warrants Sunday at the company that operated the Conception dive boat, on which 34 people were killed last week in a fire that swept through the vessel while it was anchored off Santa Cruz Island on Labor Day. Agents with the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the U.S. Coast Guard served the warrants shortly after 8 a.m. at the Santa Barbara headquarters of Truth Aquatics, law enforcement officials said. Investigators were looking for training, safety and maintenance records. The move comes amid an intensifying investigation into the worst maritime disaster in modern California history.
SANTA BARBARA (CBSLA) — 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.
Shirley and her husband Bob said some of the crew members who were able to get to safety attempted to return to the burning vessel to help those still aboard, but were thwarted by the sheer size of the flames.
“And he cried, because he said they celebrated three birthdays that night, and one of them was a 17-year-old girl who was there with her parents,” Shirley said.
As word of the fire got out, families with loved ones on the boat rushed to the harbor, including a heartbroken couple whose son they said was on the boat.
Diane McCullough who lives in Santa Barbara fears that she will know someone who was on the boat, but she said the community will come together to help those mourning this tragedy.
“Just like every other city that has had some trauma across the nation, I mean everybody pulls together,” she said. “And that’s what we will do.”
A family crisis center was set up just down the street from the harbor where officials said 20 families came Monday after hearing the news. Officials expect even more to show up in the following days.
Iran seizes boat in Strait of Hormuz, arrests Filipinos: report.
Iran seized a boat and arrested 12 Filipinos as it busted a "fuel-smuggling ring" in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday, the semi-official news agency ISNA reported. Dehaki said the group was suspected of operating a fuel-smuggling ring and the confiscated shipment had been intercepted close to Sirik county in the Strait of Hormuz. The seizure comes amid tensions in the Gulf after the United States unilaterally withdrew from a nuclear deal putting curbs on Iran's nuclear programme in return for relief from sanctions.