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Chilling distress call in fatal Santa Cruz
Island boat fire revealed

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Posted By: PageTurner, 9/2/2019 3:09:37 PM

Chilling audio of a distress call from the captain of Monday’s doomed Santa Cruz boat includes him describing how all of his passengers are trapped below deck “with no escape hatch.” “There’s 33 people on board the vessel on fire. They can’t get off,” says the man, who later identifies himself as the captain of the Conception diving tour boat, to a US Coast Guard operator. The Coast Guard worker responds, “Roger. Are they locked inside the boat? Roger. Can you get back on board and unlock the doors so they can get off? Roger. You don’t have any firefighter gear at all, no fire extinguishers or anything?”

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Sad. Might have been a carbon monoxide situation in the passenger quarters, or else a melted lock, or a wall of flames, making a rescue impossible. I hope against hope that maybe the quarters were sealed off and if they raise the ship there could be survivors, but apparently they have declared all 34 dead. So sad.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: DVC 9/2/2019 3:22:25 PM (No. 169598)
Sounds like an incredibly unsafe design of this ship, a death trap. And no fire extinguishers on board? How is that even legal on a commercial boat?
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Reply 2 - Posted by: genius 9/2/2019 3:57:53 PM (No. 169637)
All dive boats that I have been on had emergency escape hatches in every quarters on the opposite side of the stairs.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: former lurker 9/2/2019 4:01:25 PM (No. 169640)
This makes so sense. What legitimate reason could there for locking passengers in below deck? Only thing I can think of is that the passengers were illegals being smuggled into the country.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Pearson365 9/2/2019 4:25:08 PM (No. 169656)
Daily Mail.com has diagram of the below deck sleeping quarters. There are double and triple bunk beds crammed into the relatively small area and apparently 1 exit and no escape hatches. Would guess that sleeping area did not have smoke detectors or carbon monoxide detectors. Would also guess that the room and stairwell lacked emergency lighting as well as a klaxon horn to awake sleepng passengers. While owners bear direct responsibility, would say that the US Coast Guard failed to inspect the dive boat or simply counted life jackets and fire extinguishers. Very sad and very avoidable. Captain should be charged with criminal negligence if not manslaughter.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Strike3 9/2/2019 4:38:14 PM (No. 169662)
Captain and crew jump off leaving all passengers trapped. It's all over but the lawsuits. Jail time should follow.
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