The U.S. Coast Guard said that 34 people are unaccounted for after a commercial diving vessel caught fire and sank near Santa Cruz Island early Monday morning, 2 September.
The Coast Guard has confirmed that its Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach overheard a mayday call at approximately 3:15 a.m. reporting 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 – all responded to the call.
Currently, 5 people were evacuated, 34 people aboard the vessel are missing.
The Coast Guard reported that the vessel sank about 20 yards off shore in 64 feet of water.
The diving vessel, identified as the Conception, built in 1981, is chartered by Worldwide Diving Adventures and owned and operated by Truth Aquatics. A schedule posted on Worldwide Diving Adventures’ website said the vessel Conception was scheduled for a 3-night excursion to the Northern Channel Islands, leaving from Santa Barbara early Saturday and returning Monday at 5 p.m.