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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.

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The deadly excursion boat fire which killed 34 people off the Santa Barbara County coast this summer has prompted some proposed new federal boat safety laws. Legislation introduced in the House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate would require small passenger vessels to have at least two means of escape from different parts of the boat.

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A congressional subcommittee is holding a hearing in Washington, D.C. Thursday on the Labor Day excursion boat accident in the Channel Islands which killed 34 people. The House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation is looking at the fire on board the Conception.

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The owners of the dive boat involved in the deadly Labor Day fire in the Channel Islands which killed 34 people have announced they are suspending operation of their other boats indefinitely. Truth Aquatics owns the Conception, as well as two other boats based at Santa Barbara Harbor.

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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.

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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.

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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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