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How the California Boat Fire Unfolded


How the California Boat Fire Unfolded

More than two months after 34 people died in a fire on a dive boat in California, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation is expected to hear details about the deadly blaze on Thursday as part of a hearing on maritime-vessel safety.

The 16-member subcommittee has jurisdiction over the Coast Guard, including the regulation of vessels and seamen.

A preliminary investigation by federal investigators found that the entire crew of the Conception was asleep when the blaze began aboard the dive boat on Sept. 2. Truth Aquatics has previously declined to comment on the investigation. Regulations require that at least one crew member on this type of boat be awake at all times.


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National Transportation Safety Board officials previously said their investigation into the Labor Day fire could take months. A spokesperson for the NTSB said new information about the fire is unlikely as the investigation continues.

“I expect this hearing is only the beginning of our oversight efforts on the Conception tragedy, as we await the NTSB’s final report and recommendations,” said Rep. Julia Brownley (D., Calif.), a member of the subcommittee.

The accident, which killed 33 passengers and one crew member, occurred on the last day of a three-day diving trip to the Channel Islands off the coast of California. Here’s a look at how it unfolded:

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