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USCalifornia boat fire: 5 more victims named; 1 body still not found

11:42  11 september  2019
11:42  11 september  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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

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

An L.A. County Sheriff's Department Super Puma helicopter crew flies over the site of the Conception off Santa Cruz Island on Sept. 4, 2019. Ventura.

Rescuers have recovered the bodies of 11 women and nine men from the wreckage of the diving boat that went on fire and sank near Santa Cruz Island, and located five more , as the search for the remaining victims Five more bodies have been located in the wreckage but are yet to be recovered.

The names of five more victims of the Conception boat fire were released Tuesday afternoon, bringing the total number of identified victims to 27.

The five victims were identified as Adrian Dahood-Fritz, 40, Sacramento; Lisa Fiedler, 52, Mill Valley; Kristina "Kristy" Finstad, 41, Tamrick Pines; Fernisa Sison, 57, Stockton; Kristian Takvam, 34, San Francisco, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's-Coroner’s Office.

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.

The bodies of 33 people who died in a diving boat fire off the coast of Southern California have been recovered, leaving only one still missing. Crews on Wednesday were searching for one more body in the 65-foot-deep waters. The Coast Guard on Tuesday called off the rescue search for the 34

The body of the final victim from the deadly diving boat fire that killed 34 off the coast of California earlier this month has been found . Search and rescue teams had previously recovered 33 bodies in the aftermath of the deadly fire that took place off the coast of Santa Cruz Island, California , on Sept.

The victims were identified using rapid DNA technology with samples collected from family members, according to Lt. Erik Raney, of the sheriff's office. Authorities expect to release the identities of the remaining six victims later this week.

Thus far, 33 bodies have been recovered from the boat and the nearby waters after a fire overtook the Conception after 3 a.m. Sept. 2 while the nearly 80-foot vessel was anchored off the coast of Santa Cruz Island.

On board were 39 people, including six crew members.

Five crew members were above deck when the fire erupted and escaped to safety. The other 34 people on board were trapped in the sleeping area below deck and died in the fire.

Sheriff's officials have said preliminary examinations indicate the 33 passengers and one crew member died from smoke inhalation.

Search suspended in the deadly dive-boat fire off California coast

Search suspended in the deadly dive-boat fire off California coast The search has been suspended following a Labor Day boat fire off the California coast, officials said Tuesday. Twenty bodies have so far been recovered. The victims were identified as 11 women and nine men.

Authorities have yet to release the names of the victims of the dive boat fire , but families and friends identified some of the passengers. As officials from multiple agencies work to find out what caused Monday morning's tragic boat fire in California , details of the 34 people who were trapped below

The body of the final victim from the deadly diving boat fire that killed 34 off the coast of California earlier this month has been found . “DNA testing is still being conducted to confirm identities of 7 of the 34 victims recovered.” Search and rescue teams had previously recovered 33 bodies in the

California boat fire: 5 more victims named; 1 body still not found© Provided by USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. A dive team also returned to the area off Santa Cruz Island Tuesday to search for the remains of the last victim of the Conception boat fire, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The search effort was winding down as the criminal investigation into the boat fire that killed 34 people geared up.

Federal search warrants were executed Sunday in Santa Barbara at Truth Aquatics, the company that owned the Conception. The company's two remaining commercial dive vessels, the Truth and the Vision, were also searched.

Federal agents continued their work Tuesday aboard the boats and crime scene tape near the Sea Landing where Truth Aquatics offices are located closed off the area.

The warrants were served by members of the Coast Guard Investigative Service, the lead agency of the investigation, with assistance from members of the FBI; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.

California dive boat fire: Dozens trapped after flames blocked escape routes

California dive boat fire: Dozens trapped after flames blocked escape routes The search has been suspended following a Labor Day boat fire off the California coast, officials said Tuesday. Twenty bodies have so far been recovered. The victims were identified as 11 women and nine men.

California authorities on Friday said victims likely died of smoke inhalation, not burns. They released the names of nine victims . The victims include a teacher, biologist, nurse, high school students and more . What happened on the Conception? A predawn fire erupted Monday on the boat as it was

A family of five , students from a Northern California school and an experienced diver are among 34 people missing and presumed dead after a dive boat caught

On Tuesday, the FBI also asked the public for help with information that could assist investigators.

The FBI asked the public to call 1-800-CALL-FBI and to select the fourth prompt, "FBI case currently highlighted in the news," followed by the fourth prompt again, "Conception Maritime Incident in Santa Barbara, California."

Anyone with photos, videos or other forms of media was asked to submit it to investigators through its site www.fbi.gov/boatfire. Files are limited to 1,024 MB in size and up to four files are allowed.

California boat fire: 5 more victims named; 1 body still not found© CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SANTA BARBARA COUNTY Dive teams worked near the area of the sunken Conception in the days after the fire.

In the meantime, the operation to salvage the dive boat remained suspended because of the rough conditions and were not expected to restart until Wednesday, officials said.

This article originally appeared on Ventura County Star: California boat fire: 5 more victims named; 1 body still not found

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