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    August 31, 2020

    Conception Dive Boat Disaster: Feds To Reveal Cause Of Blaze That Killed 34

    On September 2nd, it will be the one year anniversary of the Conception dive boat tragedy.

    I found an interesting article from the Los Angeles Times that states the NTSB will be announcing their findings soon…

    By Richard Winton Staff Writer  Aug. 31, 20204:30 PM

    As the anniversary of California’s deadliest maritime disaster in modern history nears, the National Transportation Safety Board announced it will hold a hearing in October to reveal the results of its investigation into the Conception dive boat fire that killed 34 people off Santa Cruz Island.

    A preliminary NTSB investigation concluded that five members of the crew were asleep in the wheelhouse and that there was no roving watch on the vessel operated by Santa Barbara-based Truth Aquatics as required by the U.S. Coast Guard during the hours when passengers were asleep below deck.

    But the more extensive examination of the origins, cause and events leading up to the Conception being burned to the waterline has taken months of investigation led by NTSB board member Jennifer Homendy. The board will vote on findings, probable cause and recommendations for changes to small passenger vessels to avoid a repeat of what its chairman called a “horrible, horrible tragedy.”

    “We have substantially completed our investigation,” said Eric Weiss, an NTSB spokesman. Weiss said that in the coming weeks NTSB staff will make public interviews, research and other investigative materials before the public hearing.

    The entire article can be found here: Conception dive boat disaster: Feds to reveal cause of blaze that killed 34

    July 19, 2020

    Diving Terranea Again

    It’s Dive Day Sunday again!

    I checked the swell map before leaving…

    Catalina to Palos Verdes was a solid dark blue!
    Catalina to Palos Verdes was a solid dark blue!

    If the visibility sucked, at least I shouldn’t have to deal with the waves.

    I headed to my favorite spot, Terranea Resort.

    Ben’s diving group was already checking conditions out.

    The Cove Was Pretty Flat
    The Cove Was Pretty Flat
    The Point Was Sort Of Flat, Too
    The Point Was Sort Of Flat, Too

    Ben’s group decided to take a dive off the Point.

    I decided to go off the Cove and find that diver’s torso that I saw last time.

    Randy said, “It’s easy to find, just get to 120 reef, go to the end and make a left – it’s right there.”

    I made an easy and slow entry, being careful not to slip on the rocks.

    Pigeon Shit Cave As It Looks Now
    Pigeon Shit Cave As It Looks Now
    I Descended.
    I Descended.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #521

    Solo Diving

    Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 53 feet
    Waves: Pretty calm with occasional light surge
    Visibility: 15-20 feet, silty.
    Water Temperature: 54 degrees
    Air Temperature: 75 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 46 minutes

    I thought visibility sort of sucked, but I didn’t realize at first that my mask had fogged over; I cleared it.

    I got to 120 reef and followed it away from the shore.

    A Garibaldi Off 120 Reef
    A Garibaldi Off 120 Reef

    Out of nowhere, a seal dive bombed me; I looked back and he was heading to the surface.

    A Seal Dive Bombs Me
    A Seal Dive Bombs Me

    I kept an eye on my back.

    That seal kept following me, preparing to attack, but he eventually left after realizing that he no longer had the element of surprise.

    Looking Up.
    Looking Up.

    I got to the end of the reef at 40 feet and made a left.

    I swam and swam and swam, and no torso.

    I had a feeling I was going the wrong way, so I turned around to head back.

    What happened here?
    What happened here?
    120 Reef

    I reached the very end of the reef, and there he was!

    He needs a name, I’ll call him The Dude.

    I Finally Found The Dude!
    I Finally Found The Dude!
    Close Up Of The Dude
    Close Up Of The Dude
    The Dude From The Back
    The Dude From The Back

    So, I sort of misinterpreted Randy’s directions.

    When you first hit 120 reef, follow along side of it going away from shore.

    When you get to the end of the reef, in 40 feet of water, make a left.

    It is right there.

    Heading Back
    Heading Back

    I made an easy, but non-macho exit.

    Debriefing Time!
    Debriefing Time!

    Ben’s group had a great dive.

    They reported 20 feet visibility at depth but also 52 degree water.

    Social Distancing, While Debriefing.
    Social Distancing, While Debriefing.

    We discussed who could have brought The Dude to 120 reef.

    Only one name came up consistently – Max Bottomtime.

    But, nobody has heard from him for at least two years.

    That conversation lead into reminiscing about the “Good Ol’ Days” when Terranea was abandoned Marineland, Divevets was an active and fun dive group and the people from way back when.

    We’ve lost some divers along the way – Shanon Wesserling, Dennis Gunn, Dan Rood all died, some divers moved away, others just disappeared from the scene.

    In 2022, I will have been diving for 20 years.

    To quote Bob Hope, “Thanks for the memories…”

    Until next time, stay safe my three readers!

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