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Investigators raised the remains of the dive boat Conception to the surface after more than a week of unfolding developments in the wake of the fatal fire aboard the vessel. Activities at Santa Barbara Harbor were returning to normal levels amid an ongoing investigation into what caused the fire that killed 34 people. A year-old Read More →
The public’s insatiable demand for selfies and the need for electricity to keep cell phones charged might be a hidden suspect in California’s biggest boating tragedy in years. The Coast Guard issued a warning to boat owners and operators Sept. 10 telling them to limit unsupervised charging of lithium-ion batteries and the use of power Read More →
Ventura County-based nonprofit California Strong has established a fund for the victims of the fire aboard the diving vessel Conception that took the lives of 34 people in the early morning of Sept. 2. The organization was formed in response to the November mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks and Read More →
As investigators poured over evidence seized over the weekend, efforts to salvage the remains of the dive boat Conception remained stalled Sept. 9 a week after the deadliest maritime disaster in decades. Investigators served search warrants at Santa Barbara-based Truth Aquatics and the Sea Landing dive center Sept. 8 as part of a probe into Read More →
The Central Coast’s dive boat industry is likely to feel pressure as investigators try to figure out what caused the blaze that killed 34 people when the Conception burst into flames early on Labor Day near Santa Cruz Island. Divers and first responders had recovered the bodies of 33 victims at press time, with one Read More →
A vigil for victims of the Conception dive boat tragedy will be held in Santa Barbara from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at Chase Palm Park’s stage and lawn area, 323 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Local organizations are hosting the vigil in which community members are encouraged to gather, grieve and show support for one another, according Read More →