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Wed Sep 11, 2019, 08:30 PM

Deadly California Boat Fire Now Under Coast Guard Investigation

CALIFORNIA The Coast Guard's Rear Adm. Richard Timme announced Wednesday that he has convened a formal Marine Board of Investigation to look into the mishap aboard the small diving boat Conception that resulted in 34 deaths, including several people from Santa Cruz County and the Bay Area.

The Conception caught fire and sank in the early morning hours of Sept. 2, 2019, just off Santa Cruz Island near Santa Barbara. Only five of the 39 people onboard survived.

A commandant-directed formal Marine Board of Investigation is the highest-level marine casualty investigation in the Coast Guard. It consists of four members who will investigate all aspects of the boat fire and sinking, including pre-accident historical events, the regulatory compliance of the Conception, crew member duties and qualifications, weather conditions and reporting, safety and firefighting equipment, and Coast Guard oversight.

Separately, the Coast Guard Investigative Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are supporting a Department of Justice investigation and will work in close coordination with the US Attorney's Office, according to a statement from the Coast Guard.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/deadly-california-boat-fire-now-under-coast-guard-investigation/ar-AAH9t6u?li=BBnb7Kz

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malaise Sep 11 #1
Skittles Sep 11 #2
malaise Sep 11 #3
malaise Sep 12 #4
Liberal In Texas Sep 12 #5

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 08:39 PM

1. I found reports of only one way out from below

seriously troubling.

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Response to malaise (Reply #1)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 08:45 PM

2. something is very wrong

how was the fire not noticed until it had engulfed the boat? I highly doubt someone was on guard as they should have been.

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Response to Skittles (Reply #2)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 08:52 PM

3. My fear of exposing myself to many of the younger generation

is that they are all so busy on their smart phones that they are unaware of anything else going on. That or everyone was sleeping which is a violation of all rules.

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Response to Skittles (Reply #2)

Thu Sep 12, 2019, 06:29 PM

4. You were correct - they were all asleep

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Sep 12, 2019, 06:34 PM

5. Interesting that the CG has issued a warning about charging cell phones and

other devices with lithium batteries unsupervised. And having at least one crew on overnight watch which would seem like a no-brainer.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/09/12/coast-guard-warns-charging-phone-batteries-amid-california-boat-fire/2297964001/

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