• Matt Esnayra

Santa Cruz Boat Fire: What we know so far

The Latest:

Five people have been rescued, 25 dead bodies have been discovered and nine people remain missing from a fire on a charter commercial dive boat off the coast of Santa Cruz Island, according to a report by The Associated Press.


  • The US Coast Guard received a mayday call at approximately 3:30 a.m., Monday morning, the U.S. Coast Guard and neighboring agencies responded to a boat called the Conception off the shore of Santa Cruz Island near Platt’s Harbor in Santa Barbara County.

  • On the mayday call from the Conception, a person says "I can't breathe" to the dispatcher.

  • The "Conception", a 75ft commercial diving boat, was "fully engulfed in fire" according the Ventura County Fire Dept press release. The boat sank 20 yards away from shore of the island to bottom of the ocean at 7:20 am.

  • The ship is owned by the Santa Barbara based company Truth Aquatics, according to the LA Times.

Footage of the Conception Before the Disaster:

(Credit to Sailor James)

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