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Coast Guard enacting new safety regulations in wake of 2019 Channel Islands dive boat fire which killed 34 people

Ventura County Fire Department
The wreckage of the Conception after a September 2019 fire which left 34 people dead.

Rules include enforcement of roving watches on passenger boats, improvements to emergency escape routes, and expansion of smoke detector systems.

The Coast Guard has announced plans for some new safety rules in the wake of the September 2019 dive boat fire in the Channel Islands which killed 34 people.

The cause was never definitively determined, but it was believed to have been electrical in nature.

The new Coast Guard rules include enforcing mandatory roving watches by crew members, adding smoke alarms and improving emergency exits.

They also call for emergency escape drills for passengers, better crew training, and guidance on how to handle potentially flammable rechargeable batteries.

The boat’s captain is facing criminal charges in connection with the deadly disaster.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.