California dive boat fire: At least 8 dead, dozens missing

A commercial diving boat with dozens of passengers aboard sank Monday after it caught fire before dawn near Santa Barbara, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
California dive boat fire: At least 8 dead, dozens missing

A total of 39 people were on board the boat called Conception: six crew members and 33 passengers who were asleep on the bottom deck. Five crew members were rescued near Santa Cruz Island, about 30 miles off Santa Barbara.

The others are all feared dead. Four bodies had been recovered near the boat and brought ashore by Monday night, all with injuries consistent with drowning, said Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Kroll. Four other bodies had been located at the site but not yet recovered, authorities said.

According to CNN, Thirty-nine people on board the Conception were resting after a day of diving and gourmet meals when flames engulfed the vessel in the predawn hours of Labor Day.

Most of the passengers had come from several towns in the San Francisco Bay area to dive among colorful underwater sea life for three days, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said.
Of the 39 aboard, 33 passengers and one crew member are presumed dead. Only five people -- all crew members -- were found alive, and the bodies of 20 people have been recovered off the coast of Santa Cruz Island.
While the identities of those on board the Conception have not been released by authorities, here's what CNN knows about a few of them.


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