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USCalifornia boat fire: Dramatic Coast Guard video shows vessel ablaze

17:50  04 september  2019
17:50  04 september  2019 Source:   usatoday.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

U.S. Coast Guard released footage from one of its helicopters, which responded Sept. 3 to mayday calls from a scuba diving vessel off the California that

8 dead, 26 missing after California dive boat fire ; Coast Guard warns to prepare for 'the worst Rochester said that call indicated the boat was already fully ablaze . By late Monday afternoon Coast Guard records show inspections conducted last February and in August 2018 found no deficiencies.

Dramatic Coast Guard aerial video of a doomed boat ablaze off the Southern California coast shows clouds of white smoke and flames engulfing the vessel as it tilts backward and begins to sink, killing 34 people.

The footage, released on Tuesday, was taken from a Coast Guard helicopter responding to a Labor Day weekend rescue call from the Conception, which had caught fire early Monday off Santa Cruz Island.

California boat fire: Dramatic Coast Guard video shows vessel ablaze© CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SANTA BARBARA COUNTY FIRE A fire overtook the 79-foot Conception early Monday morning. The vessel was anchored off Santa Cruz Island.

34 Unaccounted For In Charter Boat Fire Off Ventura Co. Coast; Officials Confirm Fatalities

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California boat fire kills at least 25 people – video report. Twenty-five people have died and nine The Coast Guard official Matthew Kroll said the first bodies recovered had signs consistent with The Ventura county fire department released dramatic pictures on Twitter on Monday morning, showing

Crews from the Coast Guard , Santa Barbara Fire Department, Ventura County Fire Department and Vessel Assist responded to the incident. In a press conference on Monday morning a Coast Guard spokesperson said its full efforts were still in a “response posture,” searching for survivors.

Thirty-three passengers and one crew member were presumed dead, officials said. The remains of 20 victims – 11 females and 9 males – have been recovered. Fourteen victims are still missing.

The captain and four crew members, who were awake on the upper decks, survived. After jumping overboard, they made it to a nearby ship in an inflatable lifeboat.

California boat fire: Dramatic Coast Guard video shows vessel ablaze
California boat fire: Dramatic Coast Guard video shows vessel ablaze
California boat fire: Dramatic Coast Guard video shows vessel ablaze
California boat fire: Dramatic Coast Guard video shows vessel ablaze
California boat fire: Dramatic Coast Guard video shows vessel ablaze
California boat fire: Dramatic Coast Guard video shows vessel ablaze
California boat fire: Dramatic Coast Guard video shows vessel ablaze
California boat fire: Dramatic Coast Guard video shows vessel ablaze
California boat fire: Dramatic Coast Guard video shows vessel ablaze
California boat fire: Dramatic Coast Guard video shows vessel ablaze
California boat fire: Dramatic Coast Guard video shows vessel ablaze
California boat fire: Dramatic Coast Guard video shows vessel ablaze

Among those presumed dead are high school students, a science teacher and his daughter, an adventurous marine biologist and a family of five celebrating a birthday.

How the tragedy unfolded: Distress calls, mourning and search for answers

The boat had been chartered for a three-day diving excursion off the Channel Islands.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said most of the victims appear to have been from Northern California, including Santa Cruz, San Jose and the San Francisco Bay Area.

California boat fire: Dramatic Coast Guard video shows vessel ablaze© CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SANTA BARBARA COUNTY FIRE A fire overtakes the 79-foot Conception early Sept. 2, 2019.

Rough seas suspend search for final victim of boat fire

Rough seas suspend search for final victim of boat fire SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The search for the final victim of a boat fire off the Southern California coast has been suspended until early next week because of gusty winds and rough seas. Authorities said they also suspended efforts to salvage the Conception off of Santa Cruz Island because the conditions were expected to last through the weekend. Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Lt. Erik Raney says the Conception has been secured underwater, where it will remain until it is safe to resume the salvage operation. Thirty-four scuba divers died when the boat caught fire and sank before dawn on Monday.

Coast Guard Capt. Monica Rochester says the search for more than two dozen other missing Crews from the Coast Guard , Santa Barbara Fire Department, Ventura County Fire Department and This image made from video released by TowBoatUS Ventura shows an emergency responder dousing

The US Coast Guard reported on Monday that a rescue operation was underway off the Ventura County coast . At Least 8 Dead After Dive Boat Catches Fire Off Californian Shore, Sheriff Says. © AP Photo / Ventura County Fire Department.

The video shows the deadly inferno aboard the craft as the Coast Guard chopper arrived on the scene.  The entire boat – from stem to stern – is enveloped in billowing white smoke while rescue boats nearby make their way toward the stricken vessel, which eventually sank in 64 feet of water.

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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.

Coast Guard : 25 bodies found after California boat fire . This image made from video released by TowBoatUS Ventura shows an emergency responder douses dive boat "Conception “We launched that boat knowing that the vessel was on fire , lots of people aboard,” he told The Associated Press.

Five crew members who jumped off the boat were rescued, and the Coast Guard is searching for others who may have escaped the same way. In this photo provided by the Ventura County Fire Department, VCFD firefighters respond to a boat fire off the coast of southern California .

Investigators have yet to determine the cause of the fire. Authorities said Tuesday that there was no indication that an explosion had occurred. But flames moved so quickly through the 75-foot vessel that it blocked both a narrow stairway and an escape hatch leading to the upper decks, giving those below virtually no chance of escaping, authorities said.

'The worst outcome': At least 8 dead, dozens missing after California dive boat fire

It is unclear whether passengers were actually asleep when they died, U.S. Coast Guard Captain Monica Rochester said.

The National Transportation Safety Board is expected to release a preliminary report of an investigation of the fire by next week.

Contributing: The Associated Press

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: California boat fire: Dramatic Coast Guard video shows vessel ablaze

The wreckage of the Conception dive boat has been lifted off the ocean floor.
The charred wreckage of the Conception dive boat was lifted off the ocean floor Thursday as crews worked to bring the vessel to shore for further investigation. The remains of the 75-foot vessel have been underwater since the Labor Day fire that claimed the lives of 34 people aboard. Weather conditions have prevented efforts to raise the boat. Aerial images showed the boat slowly being brought to surface by a crane near Santa Cruz Island. Santa Barbara Sheriff Bill Brown said efforts to salvage the Conception on Thursday were successful.

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