NTSB Releases Preliminary Report into Conception Boat Fire

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report into the Conception dive boat fire, revealing that all six crew members were asleep when the fire broke out early on Labor Day as 33 passengers were asleep in the bunkroom of the vessel. The Conception caught fire and sank on September 2, 2019, just off Santa Cruz Island in California, resulting in … [Read more...]

U.S. Coast Guard Convenes Marine Board of Investigation into Conception Boat Fire

The U.S. Coast Guard will convene a formal Marine Board of Investigation to investigate the loss of the passenger dive boat Conception.  The Conception caught fire and sank in the early morning hours of September 2, 2019, just off Santa Cruz Island in California. Only five of the 39 people onboard survived. Deputy Command for Operations, Vice Adm. Dan Abel, announced … [Read more...]

Criminal Investigation Opened Into Fire Aboard California Dive Boat – Source

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Federal authorities are conducting a criminal investigation into the fire on a California dive boat that killed 34 people in one of the state's worst maritime disasters, a law enforcement source said on Monday. That investigation is proceeding as divers postponed for another day efforts to raise the 75-foot Conception from the … [Read more...]

California Dive Boat Fire to Put Spotlight on Titanic’s Legal Defense

By Tom Hals Sept 6 (Reuters) - The company that owns a scuba dive boat that caught fire and sank off California, killing 34 people, has sought to avoid liability by invoking a 19th-century law that has shielded vessel owners from costly disasters such as the sinking of the Titanic. Federal investigators have interviewed the only survivors from the fire aboard the Conception, … [Read more...]

NTSB Begins Probe Into Deadly California Scuba Boat Fire

by Omar Younis (Reuters) - Federal safety investigators on Tuesday promised an exhaustive probe into the fire that killed 34 people on a dive boat as many of the charred bodies remained trapped in the sunken wreckage off the California coast or missing in the ocean. After recovering the remains of 20 people from the 75-foot (23-meter) Conception or from the waters where … [Read more...]