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Authorities serve search warrants
on the owner of the California dive
boat that burned last week

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Posted By: Pluperfect, 9/9/2019 5:18:11 AM

The Coast Guard Investigative Service served search warrants on Truth Aquatics, the owner of the diving boat that was swallowed up by flames off the California coast on Labor Day, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Eric Raney told CNN. "This is all just part of the ongoing investigation," Raney said. "The Coast Guard was assisted by ATF which is investigating the fire and the FBI which has expertise in criminal investigations." Of the 39 people who were aboard the 75-foot dive boat Conception that weekend, only five crew members were found alive. The others, who were in the lower sleeping deck, likely got trapped when the fire

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Reply 1 - Posted by: M2 9/9/2019 6:13:01 AM (No. 175120)
However much of a tragedy this is, it is the last thing on my list of things that are bothering me in America.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Rivetjoint 9/9/2019 9:15:36 AM (No. 175257)
Frankly, I'm not all that impressed to hear that the FBI is on the case.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: skacmar 9/9/2019 1:28:48 PM (No. 175475)
Overall, live-aboard dive boats operate very safely all over the world. Have you ever heard about a dive boat fire / accident before this? This was a terrible tragedy. However, the boat designs are used on a lot of boats. Almost all boats with cabins have similar situations. There is only one main way in/out and the secondary exit is a small hatch. Everyone with a boat, from big live aboards to smaller personal cruisers have the same situation.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: WWonky 9/10/2019 12:16:41 AM (No. 175889)
The boat had passed all state inspections so what more is the owner to do? Is this a feel good interrogative unnecessary harassment exercise? Why is a Federal agency especially the ATF involved in this at all? Sort of like when a mass shooter is killed on the scene and 500 investigators and 100 FBI agents show up and spend months and millions of dollars to find out how the people got shot. The boat passed all State inspections and is on the bottom in 60 feet of water so what are they going to find, a burned up 70 foot ship's hull, on the bottom. A huge waste of resources. Life is risky and having real fun is even more risky, so have a lot of life and fun or have a long life and no fun. Easy choice.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: StormCnter 9/10/2019 6:08:51 AM (No. 175979)
With so many people sleeping below deck, wouldn't it have been wise to have a crew member on watch?
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