Diving Boat Mayday Caller: 'I Can't Breathe'

34 are missing after the Conception catches fire, sinks
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2019 2:15 PM CDT

(Newser) – The search continues—but four bodies have turned up since a commercial diving boat caught fire off the California coast Monday and sank with 34 people apparently on board, the AP reports. Passengers of the Conception were said to be trapped below deck as flames engulfed the 75-foot vessel. Ventura County firefighters responded just before 3:30am near Santa Cruz Island, per the Orange County Register, and the vessel sank only 20 yards from shore in 64 feet of water. For more:

  • "I can't breathe," said a Conception passenger who made a mayday call in the early hours, per ABC News. Rescuers from multiple counties poured in by air and boats as local agencies assisted and firefighters battled the blaze.

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