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Dive Boat Conception Catches Fire And Sinks Off Santa Cruz Island, 34 Passengers Still Unaccounted For & Missing

OXNARD, CA — Coast Guard and partner agencies responded to a vessel fire near Santa Cruz Island early Monday.

At approximately 3:15 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach watchstanders overheard a mayday call via channel 16 of an engulfed 75-foot commercial diving vessel with 39 people aboard.

Crews from the Coast Guard, Santa Barbara Fire Department, Ventura County Fire Department and Vessel Assist responded. The fire department crews were fighting the fire when the vessel sank 20 yards off shore in 64 feet of water.

Five people were evacuated aboard a good Samaritan pleasure craft Great Escape.

Currently, 34 people aboard the vessel are unaccounted for.

Watchstanders launched two Coast Guard Station Channel Islands Harbor 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crews, a Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco Forward Operating Base Mugu Dolphin MH-65 helicopter crew, a Coast Guard Air Station San Diego MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and the Coast Guard Cutter Narwhal.

The vessel currently has a portion of the bow sticking out of the water.

Dive Boat Conception, Dive Boat Santa Cruz, Oxnard Coast Guard

Photo credit: Ventura County Fire Department

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