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Legal considerations for the Fire on dive boat Conception in CA

Discussion in 'Scuba Related Court Cases' started by onestep, Sep 3, 2019.

  1. HalcyonDaze

    HalcyonDaze Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Miami
  2. cerich

    cerich ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Georgia
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  3. Scared Silly

    Scared Silly Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: on the path to perdition
  4. Ayisha

    Ayisha DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Toronto, Canada
    They quoted the victim's lawyer as saying, and the article stated, the fire started in the galley; the exits led to the galley; and the charging station was in the galley. Don't they mean the salon? I thought all of the above were the salon, not the galley.

    OTOH, they quote the TA owner saying that a crew member felt a burner and checked the galley at about 2:30, which apparently was correct and the correct location. It wasn't a rebuttal, however, to not having a roving night watchperson, since that crew member then went to sleep, and there was no mention of checking anywhere else. He then woke up about 45 minutes later to a raging fire below.

    I was pretty sure the 2 exits led to the salon, and the charging station was somewhere between the salon and dive deck, but not the galley. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.
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  5. Larryjd1

    Larryjd1 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: In my crease or underwater in Northern California
    What you are referring to as the "Galley" and the "Salon" was really the same enclosed area on that deck level. The "Galley" where the crew cooked and prepared meals was at the front, separated by a service counter from the rest of the area - the "Salon" if you like.

    The main stairwell exited from below in front of the counter. The emergency exit from the bunk was towards the rear of the "Salon" but still inside by about 10'.

    There was no charging station per se, other than available electrical outlets in various places throughout the "Salon".
  6. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: NorCal
    Was there a determination of where the fire started given by the NTSB yet?

    The idea of an actual charging station came after this accident and the possibility of batteries causing the fire.

    Also there were outlets in the berthing area as well.

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