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Fire on dive boat Conception in CA

Discussion in 'Accidents and Incidents' started by divezonescuba, Sep 2, 2019.

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  1. Ron Lee

    Ron Lee Loggerhead Turtle

    My recollection of his comment may not be 100%. Apparently there was no reference to an explosion during the initial mayday radio call. There could have been explosions from other items during the fire.
  2. Scuba Lawyer

    Scuba Lawyer Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Laguna Beach, California
  3. Ron Lee

    Ron Lee Loggerhead Turtle

    I have no idea. Reportedly any propane has special requirements/restrictions and if present may have only been used for a grill of some sort.

    I have lit a propane grill with an excess of propane present before the match ignited the gas. The flare up was a very short duration (fraction of a second).

    I am skeptical that a propane cloud that ignited would have set the boat on fire had it been on the upper deck area. I have no proof that I am right. It is just a gut suspicion.

    In the photo above of the boat on fire, any idea how long after the fire started that the picture was taken?

    There appear to be windows close to the water on the side. Are those part of the passenger sleeping area?
  4. tehach

    tehach Angel Fish

  5. broncobowsher

    broncobowsher Solo Diver

    Another click bait line was in the news. The coast guard asking the crew to unlock the door to let them out. There was no lock on the door. The coast guard knows nothing about the details of how the boat is built or operated. It was an interpretation off the radio call and trying to calmly help via blind remote control. Often all it takes is someone calmly asking to do something simple to solve a chaotic problem. Of course the news took that line, clipped it completely out of context, and aired it. Making it sound like people were locked in the cabins from the outside and that is why they can't get out.
  6. broncobowsher

    broncobowsher Solo Diver

    Those are not windows, those are holes burned through.
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  7. diverrex

    diverrex Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: LA - North Hollywood
    [QUOTE="Ron Lee, post: 8742421, member: 195158"

    There appear to be windows close to the water on the side. Are those part of the passenger sleeping area?[/QUOTE]

    There are no windows in the sleeping area. There are no windows near the waterline.
  8. Larryjd1

    Larryjd1 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: In my crease or underwater in Northern California
    The stairwell was wide enough for two people side by side, although that may not be how people would exit in an emergency anyway.

    And while it probably would be better to have an exit directly to the outside, rather than through the galley, I think the capacity to exit was similar to an airliner evacuating a couple of hundred or people through a limited number of exits - some of which may also not be accessible.

    I think the bigger questions that will need to be answered are what would have caused the fire to spread so rapidly, and what happened that there was not enough warning in the early stages for the people in the bunk room to exit before it became so widespread.
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  9. johndiver999

    johndiver999 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Gainesville FL
    A large stairwell leading from the open deck to below, would be a recipe for sinking the boat. I think you would need the stairway to exit into a protected cabin.
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  10. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: NorCal
    As I remember, the BBQ is electric, but it's been a while since I was onboard.

    It's just how the hull is burning, structure of the boat and reinforced areas burn through slower.

    The Truth has the stairs coming out at the aft end of the lounge / galley at the opening to the aft deck.

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