SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - There is a growing make-shift memorial at the Santa Barbara Harbor to honor the 34 victims of Monday's dive boat fire.
Candles, flowers and notes filled with loving words are posted at the dock where the 75-foot dive boat Conception once called home. The vessel and it's more than two dozen passengers never coming back.
Conception, a well respected and historic Santa Barbara-based dive boat, had made countless trips to the Channel Islands. The Labor Day tragedy grabbing the attention of elected officials and the tight-knit dive community; asking how a boat fire could lead to such a death toll in the age of strict regulations.
As of Tuesday morning, the Associated Press is reporting that the Coast Guard has found 25 of the dive boat victims. Nine others remain unaccounted for. Five of the six crew members survived the fire.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. providing the latest information.