LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A search was underneath approach on Monday for 34 lacking in a pre-dawn hearth that sank a business diving boat off a Southern California island, authorities stated, and a few native media retailers reported that some passengers have been killed.
5 crew members have been rescued by a “good Samaritan pleasure craft” after the hearth was reported at three:15 a.m. native time because the 75-foot vessel sat about 20 yards off of Santa Cruz Island, the U.S. Coast Guard stated in a press release.
“The crew was already awake and on the bridge and jumped off” Coast Guard Captain Monica Rochester instructed a information convention.
Some native information retailers reported that rescuers stated a number of individuals have been useless, however the Coast Guard has not confirmed any fatalities within the hearth which engulfed the Conception, a pleasured craft utilized by scuba divers.
The passengers had have been all asleep beneath decks, in accordance with the knowledge the coast guard obtained, Rochester stated.
Reporting by Peter Szekely in New York and Invoice Tarrant in Los Angeles; Modifying by David Gregorio