Dive Boat Owner: 'No Way' Crew Abandoned Passengers

33 bodies have been recovered in California tragedy
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2019 2:48 PM CDT

(Newser) – Just one person remains missing in California's devastating dive boat fire, KEYT reports. Thirty-three bodies have been recovered in the Conception tragedy; there were 33 passengers and six crew members aboard, and other than the five crew members who made it off the boat, everyone is presumed dead. Rapid DNA testing will be done to identify the victims, but KTLA reports that family and friends have already identified at least 18 of the people who were on board when the boat, which was on a Labor Day weekend scuba diving excursion to the Channel Islands, caught fire and sank off the coast of Santa Cruz Island in the wee hours of Monday morning.

  • The victims: Many were from the Bay Area because a Santa Cruz group had chartered the boat for the trip. They included the marine biologist who was leading the trip; five members of one family; a Northern California father who was on the trip with his daughter, who lived in Ventura; two students from a Santa Cruz charter school and the parents of one of the students (KSBW says the two girls are "two of the youngest victims"); an Arizona couple; two Santa Monica scuba divers; a 25-year-old woman whose mother says she loved diving and "was following her dream"; and a 26-year-old female crew member who had only just been assigned to work on the boat rather than in the office.

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