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Southern California Boat Fire: Passengers Are Still Missing
VENTURA COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT
The 75-foot vessel called the Conception was carrying 33 passengers and six crew when it went up in flames at about 3:30 a.m. on Monday, officials said.“Mayday, mayday, mayday! ... Conception ... north side of Santa Cruz,” a man yelled. “I can’t breathe!”

Rescue crews located what they believed, at least 25 people are confirmed dead and nine others still missing after a tragic boat fire early Monday that occurred in open water off the California coast.

The dive-boat was carrying 39 people, six crew members and 33 passengers who were asleep on the bottom of the deck, when it became fully engulfed in flames during a recreational scuba diving trip.The fire started in the early hours of Monday, while the boat was anchored metres off Santa Cruz Island, about 90 miles (145km) west of Los Angeles.


Southern California Boat Fire: Passengers Are Still Missing
COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT

Citing the US Coast Guard, media reports said, of the 39 people on board 33 passengers and six crew only five people have been found alive. The five survivors are all crew members.

At least 20 people died, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said.

"This is probably the worst-case scenario you can possibly have," Brown said. "You have a vessel that's on the open sea, that is in the middle of the night. I mean, it's 3:30 in the morning.


Southern California Boat Fire: Passengers Are Still Missing
COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT

Search teams worked throughout Monday night. The cause of the blaze was not immediately clear.At a news conference, Sheriff Bill Brown confirmed 39 people were on board the vessel when fire broke out.

A day after the inferno, about 14 people are still missing, Brown said. On Tuesday, search crews will make the grim transition from a rescue mission to a recovery operation.The Conception - a 75-foot-long (23m) commercial diving boat - is now completely submerged.

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