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USThe wreckage of the Conception dive boat has been lifted off the ocean floor

04:11  13 september  2019
04:11  13 september  2019 Source:   cnn.com

Once the fire started, it was too late for many on board the Conception

Once the fire started, it was too late for many on board the Conception LOS ANGELES - The 75-foot dive boat Conception was considered one of the best of its kind in the region, and both it and its operator, Truth Aquatics Inc., were in compliance with U.S. Coast Guard regulations. 

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.

Coast Guard crews on Thursday hoisted from the ocean off California the fire-ravaged hull of the Conception dive boat where 33 passengers and one crew The Los Angeles Times reported that the wreckage will be taken to an undisclosed naval facility, where officials with the US Bureau of Alcohol

The wreckage of the Conception dive boat has been lifted off the ocean floor© KTLA The Conception was raised to the surface Thursday.

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.

US Coast Guard Petty Officer Mark Barney said earlier on Thursday that a crane would be used to lift the Conception toward the surface and then onto a barge.

Former passengers of California dive boat in deadly blaze say it always felt safe

Former passengers of California dive boat in deadly blaze say it always felt safe "I felt completely comfortable, absolutely 100 percent on that boat," one former passenger of the Conception said.

The wreckage of the Conception dive boat has been lifted off the ocean floor . By 7:20 a . m . local time, the ship began to sink in 64 feet of water. The Conception was not required to have a "black box" on board and was not voluntarily fitted with a black box, an NTSB official said during its first days

(CNN) — 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.

The wreckage of the Conception dive boat has been lifted off the ocean floor© KTLA Authorities were trying to take the 75-foot vessel to shore for further investigation.

"If there is still water in the vessel, we will de-water, drain it. Once empty, we will delicately lift the Conception onto the barge," Barney said. "...We don't want to damage one piece of important evidence."

The vessel was secured aboard the transport barge and taken to undisclosed location where National Transportation and Safety Board is set to gain custody, the sheriff said.

The boat is likely to be taken to the Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme. In 2000, the wreckage of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 was towed to the naval facility after it crashed off the coast of Southern California.

The trek from the Channel Islands, where the Conception had been anchored, to the Ventura County shore is normally an hour and 15 minutes, Barney said.

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