The US Coast Guard released aerial footage Tuesday of an early-morning fire that left 34 dead after being trapped while sleeping below deck, anchored off the coast of Southern California on Labor Day.
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The video was captured by a Coast Guard helicopter MH-60. Crew responded to the fire of a conception boat off Santa Cruz Island early Monday. The video shows whistling clouds of white smoke and flames engulfing the 75-foot vessel. The boat seems to be tilting back as it begins to sink.
Rescue boats can also be seen making their way to the boat, according to footage published by Fox 1
Five people – the captain and four crewmen — are known to have survived the fire. They woke up on the upper decks, jumped overboard, and steered an inflatable lifeboat to another ship anchored nearby.
The boat, owned by the real waters of Santa Barbara, was chartered by Santa Cruz World Adventure to guide a three-day diving trip. outside the Channel Islands.
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Rescuers stopped searching for additional survivors Tuesday night.
The National Transportation Safety Board shall conduct an investigation into the cause of the fire and, if there are safety measures on board, such as fire extinguishers. The agency will interview survivors, first aiders and companies involved in the dive, the Los Angeles Times reports.
A preliminary report may be published within 10 days of the incident.
Frans Miles and Holly Mackay contributed to this report.