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33 unaccounted for after burning dive boat sinks off California coast

  • Published at 09:21 pm September 2nd, 2019
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Firefighters attempt to extinguish a fire on a boat off the coast of Santa Cruz Island, California on September 2, 2019 AFP

Firefighters converged on the scene near Santa Cruz Island but the blaze and intense heat prevented them from breaching the hull of the 75ft vessel to see if there were survivors, they said

A commercial scuba dive boat sank in flames early Monday off the coast of Southern California, and 33 passengers were unaccounted for, the US Coast Guard said.

Firefighters converged on the scene near Santa Cruz Island but the blaze and intense heat prevented them from breaching the hull of the 75ft vessel to see if there were survivors, they said.

"I'm unaware of any survivors at this time," Coast Guard Petty Officer Aaron Bemis told CNN, adding that it was too early to confirm casualties.

Beamis said the fire broke out at around 1015 GMT as passengers were below deck in a sleeping area.

Five crew members who were in a cabin above deck made it off the boat, Beamis said. But those below deck, who he said were reported to number 34, had not been accounted for.

"The fire was so intense that even after it was put out, we're not able to actually embark the vessel and, you know, look for survivors at this point. It's still ongoing," he said.

He said the fire was put out multiple times but flared back up, apparently because of the amount of fuel in the vessel.

Bill Nash, a spokesperson for Ventura County, told CNN many people were feared dead.

"It's a large boat, and we know we have numerous fatalities. I don't have an exact number," Nash said.

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