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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

    March 18, 2019

    RIP – Dan Rood

    I am so sorry for not posting anything for months.

    It has actually been a quite stressful period of time for me, but more on that later.

    Dan Rood, one of the icon of Divevets, SCUBA instructor and mentor to many, died a few days ago.


    There is a planned debriefing at the parking lot at Redondo Beach’s Veterans Park this Wednesday, March 20th, around 7 PM.

    I am hoping to be there, and may actually get into the water after a year of not diving.

    Again, I will fill you in on my drama later, this post is about Dan Rood.

    Here is some great videos from throughout the years featuring Dan:

    Underwater Pumpkin Carving – 2009

    Dan and Chewy go to court: Bonus Footage 2010

    Sxephil’s Dive Instructor Tells ALL! Leaked Video! 2010

    Divevets’ 8th Annual Underwater Easter Egg Hunt 2011

    DIVEVETS 17th Annual Halloween Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest 2011

    Veterans Park Christmas Party 2013

    Underwater Pumpkin Carving Redondo Beach 2013

    Thank you to Professional Debriefer Paul for these videos.

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