Burning Boat Near Santa Cruz Island2: Deaths Recorded Many Missing

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34 missing in boat fire off California coast

Mayday call dispatcher asked Conception crewmember: “Can you get back onboard and unlock the boat?”

In audio from a mayday call from the Conception, a Coast Guard dispatcher from Los Angeles questioned a Conception crew member about whether passengers were locked onboard the vessel.

“can you get back onboard and unlock the boat?” the dispatcher asked.

In another question, the Coast Guard asked if there was an “escape hatch for any of the people onboard.”

In audio from Broadcastify, the Coast Guard dispatcher also questioned the crewmember about firefighting equipment onboard.

“you don’t have any firefighting gear at all? No fire extinguishers or anything?”

The crewmember’s responses are not audible in the recording.

Earlier today, Truth Aquatics, the company that owns the Conception, did not provide comment. CNN is continually reaching out.

Captain Monica Rochester with the US Coast Guard said earlier today that “the vessel has been in full compliance.

“We are working deliberately with the vessel owner/operator who is with us at the time,” she

California congresswoman says she is still “hoping” for survivors

In an interview outside of USCG in Oxnard, California Rep. Julia Brownley called the boat fire this morning “devastating.”

 “We still are hoping that there could still be some survivors,” Brownley said.

A command center is being set up in Santa Barbara for the family members of victims,

Crewmember wheeled to ambulance after rescue

A photo shows a member of the Conception’s crew is wheeled towards an ambulance on a stretcher after escaping the burning boat off coast of California.

Five members of the boat’s crew were rescued after it caught fire, the Coast Guard confirmed. Thirty-four of the 39 people on board are still missing.

The five who were rescued were crew members who were awake above deck and jumped into the water. Everyone else on board was sleeping below deck.

Here’s the photo:

NTSB is sending a team to California to investigate boat fire

The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a go-team to California to investigate the boat fire. Board Member Jennifer Homendy will lead the team that is investigating the incident.

More than 30 people were sleeping below deck when the fire broke out

There were 39 people onboard the Conception, and five were rescued by a Good Samaritan boat called The Grape Escape after it caught fire.

The 34 people who are still missing were below deck, sleeping, according to Captain Monica Rochester, US Coast Guard Los Angeles Long Beach Sector Commander.

The five who were rescued were crew members who were awake above deck and jumped into the water.

34 people are still missing

There are 34 people unaccounted for in the Conception fire, Captain Monica Rochester, US Coast Guard Los Angeles Long Beach Sector Commander said.

Rochester said there were 39 people onboard and five were rescued by a Good Samaritan boat called The Grape Escape.

Rochester said they are still is in a response phase, conducting shoreline searches. The vessel sank about 20-yards off the coast in 54-feet of water. A portion of the bow is still sticking out of the water.

Rochester said the vessel was in “full compliance.”

“We are working deliberately with the vessel owner/operator, who is with us at the time working on a plan to conduct further assistance for his vessel,” she said.

She said the only mayday call we received was the vessel was engulfed in flames. “That’s all we received.”

 

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