All six crew members on a scuba diving boat were asleep when it caught fire on the coast of California last week, killing 34 people, federal investigators announced Thursday.
The Conception has a crewmember keep watch at night
In a two-page preliminary report, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said: "Five crew members were sleeping in their quarters after the fire broke out in the early hours of Sept. 2.
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The report comes as investigator seeks to determine the cause of the fire amid an ongoing criminal trial conducted by the FBI, Coast Guard and the US Attorney's Office. Hours after the document was made public, a salvage crew raised the wreckage of the Conception to the Surface of the Water near Santa Cruz Island.
The Coast Guard has issued a paper on safety and safety in the wake of the tragedy, seeking to limit the use of lithium-ion batteries and the use of power strips and extension cords.
The recommendations and suggestions on emergency crews, identify emergency escapes, check all firefighting and lifesaving equipment onboard, and look at the conditions of passenger accommodation spaces for "unsafe practices or other hazardous arrangements."
Coast Guard records the Conception passed its two most recent inspections with no safety violations. Previous and next news: Truth Aquatics, and the captains of its three boats, were very safety conscious.
"While we do not know the cause of the fire, we do not believe in current evidence and and Douglas Schwartz, an attorney for Truth Aquatics, said: "What are you doing and what are you doing?" said in a statement to KRON. "We all hope and anticipate new regulations will come as a result of the investigation." . "
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So Schwartz disputed the NTSB claims, saying that a crewmember" checked in and around the galley area "around 2:30 am on Sept. 2. Officials said the first mayday call was transmitted at 3:1
NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss said only three members of the crew were interviewed before the Guardians were arrested. 19659003] James Hall, a former NTSB chairman, told The Associated Press is a summary of the early findings that relies on interviews, inspection documents and other reviews and a review of cur rent maritime rules and regulations.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.