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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. chillyinCanada

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    Thanks to all for keeping the discussion focused. Remember to stay with facts. Loved ones are hurting right now. They may come across these discussions. The investigation, no doubt, will continue and some preliminary conclusions will be made public.

    Plus remember that the crew survived thus we have witnesses to the event.
     
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  3. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

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    According to CNN this morning, at least 20 bodies have been recovered.
     
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  4. BDSC

    BDSC Solo Diver

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    The news is now reporting 25 bodies recovered with 9 still missing.
     
  5. Saniflush

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    Just back in country from diving in Mexico and just sick to my stomach over this. We had not been on this ship but had looked at it for a future one. Prayers to all the family and friends of those involved. It won't stop us from doing liveaboards but it certainly reinforces the need to be aware of safety and emergency procedures.
     
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  6. Diving Dubai

    Diving Dubai Instructor, Scuba

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    I'm no expert on such things, I'm afraid

    My superstition is that the single exit was someway blocked with flames, heat or smoke preventing the crew to get down there

    I'll further guess that by the time the alarm was raised the fire had taken hold - unless there was some form of explosion

    One would hope that all the soft furnishings were flame retardant to the same level required in a hotel, although moisture will quickly render treatments ineffective

    If 16 people are trying to claw their way up an unlit or smoke filled narrow companion way - it only needs one obstruction to impede the flow. Unlike aircraft you won't have bright emergency lights guiding your way.

    I'm mystified as to why it appears there was no alternative escape route. I'm guessing the 5 survivors were either on duty or sleeping in the bridge area.

    I'm stunned how its acceptable to have so many people crammed together in such a small dorm space (as it appears from pictures and accounts from people who have used the boats)

    Even if it was CG approved the lawyers are going to have a field day
     
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  7. HalcyonDaze

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    Key question though - in the drills you mention, are all the participants sound asleep in a totally darkened cabin?

    Since some kind of battery/electrical fire seems to be a possibility, where on the boat would camera/light/DPV batteries be charging?
     
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  8. Ron Lee

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    Apparently crew sleeping somewhere above the passenger sleeping quarters.
     
  9. Johnoly

    Johnoly Solo Diver

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    My thinking also,,I'm not in the propane theory camp. And I've been on the different Truth boats too.

    Just as an example on an old Truth trip,,most cameras are on a table and bungie'd down for the crossing. They are usually charged on the table also. This is just a past photo, please don't speculate on this photo to suggest any cause, it's just an example.


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  10. YZed426

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    This seems to be the initial call. It's a different conversation to the one where they are clearly on the other boat, and you hear both sides. At one point he says "I can't breathe" and then they lose contact.It's plausible that this was the initial call from on board the "Conception".

    Edit to add...I would not assume that the recording of the radio conversations are in real time. It's possible that there are multiple recordings stitched together.
     
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