SANTA BARBARA, Cailf. - Santa Barbara County has proclaimed a local emergency in response to the Conception dive boat incident.
The U.S. Coast Guard and partnering agencies responded to a vessel fire off the north shore of Santa Cruz Island near Platt’s Harbor in Santa Barbara County.
On Monday, Emergency responders encountered the “Conception,” a 75-foot commercial diving boat based out of the Santa Barbara Harbor, fully engulfed in fire. The vessel sank to the bottom of the ocean floor around 7:20 a.m.
There were 39 passengers aboard the vessel, including the crew.
As of the signing of the proclamation, there have been 34 confirmed deaths, the search for one person is still ongoing, and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff-Coroner has requested specialized personnel and equipment from outside of the Santa Barbara County Operational Area to assist with the recovery.