NTSB opens public docket on fatal Conception dive boat fire

Written by Marine Log Staff
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KPIX CBS TV footage shows ferocity of fire that cost 34 lives

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) opened the public case docket Wednesday as part of its ongoing investigation of the fatal, September 2, 2019, fire aboard the dive boat Conception off Santa Cruz Island, Calif.

The 75-foot commercial diving vessel, with 33 passengers and six crew aboard, was anchored in Platts Harbor off Santa Cruz Island when it caught fire. One crew member and 33 passengers died in the accident.

The docket includes factual reports and documents, including interview transcripts, photographs, and other investigative materials.The docket does not include any analysis, findings, recommendations or a probable cause determination. That will be released at the end of the public board meeting scheduled for October 20 beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET.

NTSB says that no conclusions about how or why the fire and subsequent sinking occurred should be drawn from the information within the docket. Additional material may be added to the docket as it becomes available.

Access the docket HERE.

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