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    Conception Dive Boat Catches Fire – 33 Missing, 5 Rescued

    UPDATE FROM Jerry Boylan: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

    UPDATE From CBS News: 34 people missing after deadly boat fire off coast of Southern California

    Breaking News from KTLA Channel 5:

    A 75-foot diving vessel named the Conception caught fire Monday while anchored off Santa Cruz Island, prompting a multi-agency effort to find and rescue 33 missing people believed to have been on board, authorities said.

    An unknown number of people are believed to be dead, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

    At the time of the fire, the boat was scheduled to be on a Labor Day trip that started at the Santa Barbara Harbor on Friday night, then was expected to head to San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa and the Santa Barbara islands before returning to the harbor at about 5 p.m. Monday, according to vacation planning website, Worldwide Diving Adventures.

    The boat, which is based in Santa Barbara Harbor, can carry up to 46 people and has a large upper deck area, a built-in barbecue grill, bunkbeds, bathrooms and showers, according to its’ specifications page on the website of Truth Aquatics, a Santa Barbara scuba diving operation.

    The Conception is equipped with a fixed CO2 engine room fire suppression system and an emergency radio beacon. There are also rafts and jackets for 110 passengers, according to the website.

    The Los Angeles/ Long Beach Coast Guard station overheard the “gargled” mayday at about 3:15 a.m. Monday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

    Read the entire story here: Burning Boat Near Santa Cruz Island Was on Labor Day Trip From Santa Barbara; 33 Missing, Some Believed Dead

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