Multiple people dead, dozens unaccounted for after boat catches fire near Santa Cruz Island

Monday - 02/09/2019 11:33
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Crews were searching for 34 people who had not yet been rescued from the blaze on the 75-foot vessel.

By Saphora Smith, Caroline Radnofsky, Elisha Fieldstadt and Andrew Blankstein

Multiple people were dead and dozens were unaccounted for after a diving boat caught fire Monday morning off the coast of Santa Cruz Island, north of Los Angeles, Ventura County Sheriff's Department officials said.

The U.S. Coast guard would not confirm the deaths, but said crews were searching for 34 people who had not yet been rescued from the blaze on the 75-foot vessel.
 

Image: Ventura County Fire Department respond to a boat fire off the coast Santa Cruz Island, California
Ventura County Fire Department respond to a boat fire off the coast Santa Cruz Island, California on Sept. 2, 2019.Ventura County Fire Department


Five crew members had been rescued from the boat, a Coast Guard petty officer told NBC Los Angeles. One suffered a minor injury.

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Firefighters also rushed to the scene of the dive boat at about 3.28 a.m., the Ventura County Fire Department said in a tweet.

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