Twenty-nine people were left missing and four were confirmed dead a diving boat caught on fire and eventually sunk along the shores of Ventura County.
The call to the mayoralty came about 3:15 a.m. from a 75-meter ship called Concept, located off the Platts Harbor, north of Santa Cruz Island, a remote but popular dive site in the Channel Islands
Five people were rescued from a "good Samaritan pleasure boat" before the boat sank about 20 yards off the island's shore in about 65 feet of water. The boat still has part of the bow protruding from the water, according to Coast Guard officials.
The five rescued were crew members who were also awake on the bridge during the incident, then jumped overboard, Coast Guard Captain Monica Rochester said at a briefing in the morning.
A Coast Guard spokesman told the Associated Press that four bodies were found near where the Concept dropped. Another 29 people remain unattended.
Authorities initially stated that 39 people were on board, but that number fluctuated throughout the morning. A sixth crew member was included in the manifesto but was not actually on board, a Coast Guard official told the AP, meaning that 38 people, 33 of them passengers, were on board when the fire broke out.
Santa Barbara County The sheriff's department managed the rescue / recovery operation. The area is in search of boats and helicopters.
A family help center is being set up at Earl Warren's Showrgrounds at 3400 Calle Real in Santa Barabara.
Family members who are seeking information about their loved ones are encouraged to contact this number. (833) 688-5551
– USCG Los Angeles (@USCGLosAngeles) September 2, 2019
The National Transportation Safety Board has sent a "team" to investigate the incident, the agency reported . The team is designed to "start investigating a major accident at the scene of the accident as soon as possible," according to the NTSB website.
WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE LOT
] The concept is run by Truth Aquatics, a Santa Barbara based company that provides various ocean excursions, including whale watching, diving lobster and fishing. The company manages two other ships, Truth and Vision.
According to an online trip list, the Concept was on a three-day weekend trip to Labor Day to allow divers a "unique opportunity to explore the peaks" of San Miguel Island. "
The advertised capacity of the Concept two-story room is 46 people, including double and single double-decker rooms and a shower.
According to the World Diving Adventures website, the boat was built in 1981 at Long Beach and measures 79 feet in total length. The gallery included " all appliances necessary for the preparation of food and is waterproof for divers in a wet suit. Built-on-board Bar-B-Que. "
The specifications of the boat also say that it is equipped with rafters and life jackets for 110 passengers and an extinguishing system.
Carpinteria resident Tony Gonzalez, a friend of a crewman of Aquatics Truth Dives, brought flowers to the village Santa Barbara Harbor and tossed them into the water as a gesture of respect and mourning for potentially lost lives. "This is just a bad situation," Gonzalez said, describing the crew as "a very dedicated person."
This story is a development. Check back for updates.
11:41 am: This article was updated with information about the investigation being conducted on NTSB.
11:21 am: This article has been updated with new AP reports, an interview from the Port of Santa Barbara, and an updated location for the Family Aid Center.
10:44 am: This article has been updated with a Announced Merger Center. in Santa Barbara.
9:33 am: This article has been updated with new information from a morning press briefing.
8:56 am: This article has been updated with details of the rescue operation and where the boat sank.
8:39 am: This article has been updated with details of the diving trip and conception.
8:02 am: This article has been updated with details on fire time and rescue. Cle was originally published at 7:43 AM.
Ryan Fonseca, Megan Garvey and Sharon McNari contributed to the story.