At least 25 dead, several missing after boat catches fire off California Island

  • Source: Fox 5 San Diego
  • Published: 09/03/2019 12:00 AM

Divers with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department joined the U.S. Coast Guard Monday in an effort to find as many as 30 people feared dead resulting from a 75-foot commercial diving boat that caught fire and sank near Santa Cruz Island early Monday. Twenty-five bodies have been located, and at least nine other people were missing and likely deceased, authorities said. The four recovered victims were only identified as two adult males and two adult females, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said. Four other bodies were spotted on the ocean floor near the vessel, but have not been recovered. Five crew members jumped off the burning ship and were evacuated aboard a good Samaritan pleasure craft named Grape Escape, according to U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Monica Rochester. One crew member suffered non life-threatening injuries, the Coast Guard said.


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