• Dive Boat Catches Fire And Sinke Of Santa Cruz Island

    34 Missing as Dive Boat Conception Sinks Near Santa Cruz Island
    5 crew members were rescued before Santa Barbara-based vessel sank in 65 feet of water

    Tom Bolton Reports

    A Santa Barbara-based commercial dive boat caught fire and sank early Monday near Santa Cruz Island, and nearly three dozen people are missing and feared dead, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

    The vessel was identified as the 75-foot Conception, and reportedly was on a 3-day dive trip to the island, said Mike Eliason, a Fire Department spokesman.

    The Conception's crew put out a distress call at about 3:30 a.m., reporting the vessel was engulfed in flames, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

    The boat, which was anchored about 20 yards offshore, eventually sank in some 65 feet of water, Eliason said.

    The vessel currently has a portion of the bow sticking out of the water, the Coast Guard said.

    Five people believed to be crew members were rescued, at least one with injuries, by a nearby pleasure craft, while 34 others aboard remained missing, according to the Coast Guard.

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