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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

    May 31, 2018

    The SCUBA Show Returns To Long Beach – June 23-24

    The SCUBA Show is once again coming back to the Long Beach Convention Center, June 23-24!

    I used to be a regular attendee, but after the show kept looking the same year after year, I stopped going for a few years.

    I plan on going back this year, probably on Sunday, June 24th.

    I will be signing autographs, and you can have your picture taken with me!

    And if anyone actually asks for an autograph or picture, I will probably go into shock.

    SCUBA Show 2018!

    With 76,000 feet of exhibit space, more than 300 exhibitors, seminars, movies and a pool where you can actually try SCUBA diving, I am once again looking forward to going again.

    Here are some interesting videos from a few years ago, to give you an idea of what it might be like:

    SCUBA Show 2011
    SCUBA Show 2011

    SCUBA Show 2010 In 3D
    SCUBA Show 2010

    If you see me, and I still have beer left in my backpack, I will give you a beer!

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