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Attorneys representing the families of four of the victims of last year’s deadly excursion boat fire in the Channel Islands which killed 34 people have announced a lawsuit against the boat’s owner. The suit claims the Conception failed to have a roving watch as required by law. It also asserts the craft had inadequate means of escape from the sleeping quarters, and that it didn’t have enough fire suppression gear.

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

The Associated Press is reporting investigators looking into the cause of the deadly Labor Day fire on board an excursion boat in the Channel Islands which killed 34 people have been unable to determine the cause of the blaze. Teams of investigators have been going through the remains of the Conception, which were taken to Naval Base Ventura County for study.

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A crew member from the deadly excursion boat fire in the Channel Islands has filed a lawsuit against the boat’s owner, claiming it was unseaworthy. Ryan Sims had only worked on board the Conception for a few weeks when the deadly September 2nd fire occurred. He fractured his leg and suffered other injuries trying to escape the flames.

Authorities say they’ve now recovered the bodies of 33 of the 34 people who died in an excursion boat fire in the Channel Islands this week, and the search continues for the last victim.  Meanwhile, a team of federal investigators interviewed a number of people Wednesday who were involved in the tragedy.

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Coast Guard officials say they've made the tough decision to suspend the search for possible survivors of a deadly excursion boat fire in the Channel Islands, with efforts now focused on recovering the bodies of those who died in the disaster.

The Santa Barbara community is remembering those lost in the tragic fire on the Conception dive boat.

The walkway to Sea Landing at the harbor where the ship is normally docked now has flowers and burning candles on it.

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

Efforts are continuing to try to account for more than 30 people on board an excursion boat which caught on fire, and sank in the Channel Islands.  As of 8 a.m., the Coast Guard reports 33 people are considered missing.