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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. BDSC

    BDSC Solo Diver

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    Just read where they have recovered 33 of the 34 bodies.
     
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  2. ChrisM

    ChrisM Solo Diver

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    I am sorry.

    I had a non-diving friend text me yesterday to ask if I knew anyone on the boat. Having seen the facebook page of one of the local victims, and seeing her list of mutual friends, I replied "no but you did." He had not known.
     
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  3. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

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    We dived with a MaryBeth from Santa Monica at God's Pocket last year. I don't know if it is the same woman listed.
     
  4. roakey

    roakey Old, not bold diver ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Interesting you should bring this up. One thing that I thought exceptional about Truth Aquatics commitment to safety is that they identifed everyone BY NAME before they moved the boat. They didn't count noses, nor did they just do a roll call with their head down in a clipboard. They made eye contact with every single diver before the boat moved (and you got chastised if you answered for someone else "because you knew they were in the head" or whatever). More than once they woke me up in my bunk to assure I was there - something I didn't mind at all, since the alternative was far, far worse.

    Roak
     
  5. shoredivr

    shoredivr Solo Diver

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    Exactly this. The thread is extremely useful for this consideration alone.
     
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  6. Joneill

    Joneill Loggerhead Turtle

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    That is what is hardest to come to grips with in this trajedy! Hopefully, the inverstigation will uncover exactly what happened to cause a fire to engulf a boat so quickly without any warning systems sounding and also essentially immediately trap the passengers below decks with no way out through the fire? It's critical to determine the root cause here so this type of accident does not ever happen again!
     
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  7. roakey

    roakey Old, not bold diver ScubaBoard Supporter

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    That new-fangled technology? I still have my SLA cannister cave light.

    O2
     
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  8. Scuba-74

    Scuba-74 Barracuda

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  9. Akimbo

    Akimbo Lift to Freedom Volunteer Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    "Hopefully" is the operative word. Doubtful is more likely unless the crew can provide some insight. The extent of the fire and the fact that she capsized, dumping what forensic evidence might have survived, make me very skeptical. IMO, we will be lucky to get a few well-founded probable causes -- not to diminish their value or the skill of the investigators.
     
  10. markmud

    markmud Self Reliant Diver--On All Dives. ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Hi Wookie,

    While I did not know this person as a friend or face-to-face, we had communicated several times regarding joining one of her trips (a while back). I followed their scheduling, and this year, the scheduling would not work for me at all as I was transitioning to a new job. It has been one of those, "Oh well, maybe next year!" things.



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    Removed the link to article as it is SB policy not to release or link to names until official notification and release has occurred- MOD POST

    Thanks MOD for your quick action,
    markm
     
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