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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. DiveFlyDive

    DiveFlyDive Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Earth
    The last liveaboard I was on had 2 above deck exits (no accommodation below deck) and a large door like emergency exit. It was purposely designed which makes a difference.
  2. beester

    beester DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Belgium / Italy
    I'm really gutted reading this. I think most of us feel the same way, we've all been on liveaboards, one or the other, it really hits home. I feel for the victims, the crew, the families and friends involved.

    I hope a full investigation will get to the bottom of this.

    Really really sad!
  3. Scuba-74

    Scuba-74 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Longmeadow, Massachusetts
    That is correct.
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  4. hammet

    hammet Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: United States
    Given the utter destruction of the wreckage I doubt any valid determination will be made.[/QUOTE]
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  5. KevinNM

    KevinNM DIR Practitioner

    Shouldn’t a mayday from a commercial vessel automatically also transmit the vessel name and gps coord to the coast guard?
  6. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    Sounds good. Every boat that I've been on, save one, was purpose built. Regardless. . .
  7. Eric Sedletzky

    Eric Sedletzky Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Santa Rosa, CA
    I thought about this incident a lot last night, I really didn’t sleep well. I get up and see it all over the news again.
    I’ve been running theories over and over in my mind about what could have caught fire so fast and what could have been an ignition source.
    I’m thinking it was a battery in a charger that ignited. The huge fuel source I think was a large grouping of boat coats hanging directly in the area of a battery charging counter. I’ve never been on the Conception, but from a few photos that have been posted I saw boat coats hanging in the gangway into the salon. Boat coats are made 100% out of synthetic material that I seriously doubt have any fire retardant qualities. Maybe someone with prior experience on the Conception can fill us in on the proximity of clothing hanging area and battery charging area?
    I don’t know if we are allowed to speculate and discuss yet, if not moderators please delete as you see fit.
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  8. JDelage

    JDelage Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Seattle, WA USA
    This is very sad, and very scary. I can't imagine what those people's last few moments must have been but it's a tragedy.
  9. DrMack

    DrMack Angel Fish

    Only if it was a DSC transmission. A voice mayday on channel 16 does not automatically transmit the digital distress information on channel 70 that a press of the DSC button produces.
  10. hammet

    hammet Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: United States
    USCG sometimes has the capability to triangulate VHF signals.
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