The captain of the doomed Santa Cruz boat on Monday described in a frightening distress call how all his passengers are trapped below deck – "no escape hatch".
The capture of the devastating 3:14 pm involves a Coast Guard operator first desperately asks for information about the emergency off the coast of Southern California.
"What is the emergency? Over. … conception, what is the emergency? Over! "Says the operator, referring to the submersible.
A man who later identifies himself as captain responds: "On a burning ship. "
" Your ship is on fire? Roger. Are you aboard the Conception? "Ask the Coast Guard agent."
The captain confirms he is off the ship and says, "On board the ship, 33 people are on fire. You can not get off.
The Coast Guard staff replies, "Roger. Are you locked in the boat? Roger. Can you get back on board and unlock the doors so they can get out? Roger. You have no fire equipment at all, no fire extinguishers or anything like that?
The captain's answer is unclear.
The Coast Guard operator says, "Is that the captain of the Conception?
Roger, "says the man.
The Coast Guard worker asks," Was that the entire crew that jumped off? "
The unknown captain replies," Roger. "
The operator asks : "Is the ship now devoured completely?"
The captain replies, "Roger, and there is no escape hatch for anyone on board."
Coast Guard employee asks, "How far off the boat are you? "
The captain's answer is unclear in the midst of static electricity]" Is there any other vessel in this area that can help with firefighting? "Asks the operator.
Recording is static only Say it "received a report on a ship on fire with 33 people, correction, 34 people, trapped under deck … Any ship in the area that can provide assistance, please do so."
A man replies through the emergency radio t channel: "There I heard a Mayday call. I am 1
The operator replies," If you could answer, we would be grateful. Even if you have a fire equipment, a hose or similar, that would be great.
Another boat nearby – the Grape Escape, with which crew members, including the captain, were rescued – is involved in another exchange with an ambulance.
"Is the captain of the ship on your ship?" Asks a Coast Guard employee the captain of Grape Escape, who answers with "yes".
Heavy.com first reported the audio.
There was also audio posted online with a man who yelled, "Mayday! May Day! Mayday! "And" I can not breathe!
All five crew members, including the captain, were on the bridge at the time of the fire and fled, authorities said.
Thirty of the 34 passengers on board have yet to be considered. Rescue workers recovered four bodies near the ship on Monday afternoon.