Autopsies Show 34 Victims Of Dive Boat Accident In Channel Islands Died From Smoke Inhalation

May 21, 2020

Just released coroner’s reports for the 34 people who died in an excursion boat accident in the Channel Islands last year show they all died of smoke inhalation.

The September 2nd accident on board the Santa Barbara based dive boat “Conception” killed 33 scuba divers and one crew member. 

The victims were asleep below deck when the early morning fire occurred as the boat was anchored off of Santa Cruz Island. 

The manner of death is considered to be accidental.

The boat was destroyed by the flames. National Transportation Safety Board investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the blaze.