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16:41  12 september  2019
16:41  12 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. 

Coast Guard issues warning on charging phone batteries after California boat fire . In the wake of the deadly California dive boat fire , the Coast Guard recommends boat operators limit the unsupervised use of power strips.

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a safety bulletin following the Labor Day fire on a California dive boat that killed 34 people, focusing on The document also urges crews to “reduce potential fire hazards and consider limiting the unsupervised charging of lithium-ion batteries and extensive use of

The Coast Guard has issued a safety bulletin following the California boat fire that killed 34 people, recommending commercial boat operators limit the unsupervised use of power stations used to charge cellphones.

A preliminary report on the Sept. 2 fire that destroyed the Conception on Labor Day near Santa Cruz Island could be issued as soon as Thursday, the National Transportation Safety Board said. The cause of the fire likely won't be addressed, but NTSB members have said that how batteries and electronics were stored and charged on the boat was being scrutinized.

Surviving crew member thought phone charging station might have sparked boat fire

Surviving crew member thought phone charging station might have sparked boat fire One of the crew members aboard the dive boat Conception hadn't been asleep long when a noise jolted him awake. He swung open the door of the wheelhouse — the top level of the 75-foot boat, located just above the galley — and was greeted by flames. As the fire raged in the predawn hours of Labor Day, the vessel's captain made a frantic mayday call to the Coast Guard. Then he and four crew members jumped from the wheelhouse and climbed into a dinghy to get help from the Grape Escape, a fishing boat anchored nearby off Santa Cruz Island. Once aboard, the crew member who had been jolted awake shook as he recounted the horrific story to Grape Escape owner Shirley Hansen.

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a safety bulletin following the Labor Day fire on a California dive boat that killed 34 people, focusing on The document also urges crews to “reduce potential fire hazards and consider limiting the unsupervised charging of lithium-ion batteries and extensive use of

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Coast Guard announced Wednesday it has issued new safety recommendations in the wake of a fatal boat fire off the Southern California coast that killed 34 people. The agency recommended limiting the unsupervised charging of lithium-ion batteries and

The Coast Guard said it has convened a Marine Board of Investigation to determine the cause of the blaze. But the bulletin noted that it does not have to await the board's findings before taking "immediate and positive" action.

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The recommendations included ensuring that all required firefighting and safety equipment is on the boat and operational, that emergency escapes are clearly recognizable and functional, and that crew members understand their roles.

Boat operators also should "reduce potential fire hazards and consider limiting the unsupervised charging of lithium-ion batteries and extensive use of power strips and extension cords," the bulletin said.

Coast Guard discovers abandoned boat with 41 bales of marijuana on board in Malibu

Coast Guard discovers abandoned boat with 41 bales of marijuana on board in Malibu LOS ANGELES - The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for possible people in distress, after discovering a beached panga boat with dozens of bales of marijuana on board in Malibu early Saturday. At about 6:20 a.m., the Coast Guard's Los Angeles-Long Beach station received a report of an abandoned 35-foot panga vessel, with 41 bales of marijuana that weighed nearly 600 pounds, officials said. A

Divers on Wednesday recovered the remains of the final victim of a California dive boat fire that killed 34 people, as the U.S. Coast Guard issued a safety bulletin focusing on emergency escape routes, crew training and the charging of lithium-ion batteries . The 75-foot (23-meter) Conception erupted.

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Divers on Wednesday (Sept 11) recovered the remains of the final victim of a California dive boat fire that killed 34 people, as the United States Coast Guard issued a safety bulletin focusing on emergency escape routes, crew training and the charging of lithium-ion batteries .

The Coast Guard, FBI and U.S. attorney in Los Angeles are overseeing a criminal investigation, The Associated Press reported this week.

Dan Salas, the CEO and owner of Harbor Breeze Cruises in Long Beach, California, told the Los Angeles Times the Coast Guard's  annual safety inspections of his ships conducted this week involved a higher level of scrutiny to firefighting equipment and emergency access." He said he fully supports the Coast Guard efforts.

A total of 39 people were aboard the boat for a holiday weekend diving expedition. The Concepcion was at anchor when the fire started overnight. Five crew members who were on the deck fled and were rescued. The victims, ranging in age from 16 to 62, apparently died from smoke inhalation, authorities have said.

Divers found the body of the last victim Wednesday.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said the sleeping compartment was on the bottom deck of the ship and that the passengers likely were asleep when the fire started.

The Latest: Coast Guard issues safety edict after boat fire

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.

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a safety bulletin following the Labor Day fire on a California dive boat that killed 34 people, focusing on emergency escape routes, crew training and the charging of lithium-ion batteries . The Coast Guard did not identify a cause of the early-morning blaze aboard the

LOS ANGELES — The Coast Guard announced Wednesday it has issued new safety recommendations in the wake of a fatal boat fire off the Southern California coast that killed 34 people. The agency recommended limiting the unsupervised charging of lithium-ion batteries and

"This is probably the worst-case scenario you could possibly have," Brown said that day. “You have a vessel that’s on the open sea in the middle of the night. Fire is the scourge of any ship. ... You couldn’t ask for a worse situation.”

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: California boat fire: Coast Guard warns about charging phone batteries

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.

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