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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.

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A preliminary federal report on the deadly Labor Day boat fire in the Channel Islands which killed 34 people shows that no one was on duty when the blaze started, and all six crew members were asleep. The National Transportation Safety Board report on the “Conception” disaster has a much different version of how the fire was discovered than earlier accounts.

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Divers have found the body of the last of the 34 victims of the deadly Labor Day dive boat fire in the Channel Islands. They recovered the bodies of 33 of the victims last week, but didn’t find the last one until Wednesday. The Santa Barbara based “Conception” caught on fire and sank off of Santa Cruz Island September 2nd.

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Authorities served search warrants Sunday in Santa Barbara to gather information related to an excursion boat fire in the Channel Islands which killed 34 people. Agents with the FBI served warrants at the offices of Truth Aquatics, the company which owns the Conception. They also searched two other boats owned by the company.

(Photo by John Palminteri)

More than  500 people were on hand for a Friday night vigil to remember the victims of the Labor Day boat fire in the Channel Islands which killed 34 people.

Religious and government leaders joined with members of the community for the event in Chase Palm Park.  Tears flowed as people talked about the tragedy.

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Salvage operations are now underway on the wreckage of the dive boat which caught on fire and sank in the Channel Islands this week, killing 34 people. Efforts have started to raise the wreckage of the 75 foot long Conception, which sank Monday off of Santa Cruz Island.

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National Transportation Safety Board investigators say crew members tried to get to trapped passengers of an excursion boat hit by fire in the Channel Islands, but couldn’t reach them.

They say the Conception's found that both hatches from the below-deck area to the deck were blocked by fire.  34 people died in the Labor Day fire.

Since the Conception dive boat tragedy earlier this week, several offers have been made to help first responders, along with the family and friends of the victims.

The offers are coming from local ministers, as well as residents gathering to offer support at the flower memorial near Sea Landing in the Santa Barbara Harbor.

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.

(Photo by John Palminteri)

Divers are now reported to have recovered 33 bodies of those who died in a fire which swept through an excursion boat in the Channel Islands over the Labor Day weekend.

The Conception had 39 people on board. It’s believed that 34 of them died in the inferno, so one body is still missing.

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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.

Santa Barbara County officials say more bodies have been recovered in the wake of an excursion boat fire in the Channel Islands, but they won't update the numbers until a 10 a.m. Tuesday news conference.

The official toll from the early Monday morning fire near Santa Cruz Island still stands at 8 dead, and 26 people missing.

The search continues for possible survivors of an excursion boat fire in the Channel Islands, but eight deaths have now been confirmed, with 26 people still missing.

The Conception was on a Labor Day weekend dive boat trip out of Santa Barbara with 39 people on board when it was hit by a fire at around 3:30 Monday morning.

Four people have been confirmed dead, and 30 are still missing following a fire on an excursion boat in the Channel Islands.  Coast Guard officials say they responded to a distress call from a boat near Santa Cruz Island just after 3:30 Monday morning.