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A couple who rescued survivors of a California fire remember that they saw a ship in flames



Bob looked aside and saw five people in underwear, he told CNN partner KEYT-TV. Then he saw in the distance another boat that had gone up in flames.
  Bob and Shirley Hansen

"The flames were probably 30 feet high, it was totally gone," he said. The first thing he did was call the Coast Guard, he said.

The 75-foot commercial dive boat, called Conception, caught a fire day off the coast of Santa Cruz Island, southern California.

The Hansens were able to save the five crew members who made their way to their boat. So far, eight people were found dead, 26 are missing.

Shirley said some of the rescued crew members had told them about the moments on the boat before the fire. One said that a 17-year-old girl celebrated her birthday with her parents at conception, she said.

"It was such a hopeless, helpless feeling to see this boat burning and knowing that only five people were at our boat and that we could not do anything," she said .

She also said that the five people did not have any communication – no keys or phones – and she hopes they'll get a lot of help.

Bob told KEYT that he does not deserve to be called a hero.

"I was just a guy in this place, I'd hope everyone would do the same," Bob said, adding that he wished he could have saved everyone aboard the Conception.


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