Search Warrants Served in California Boat Fire Investigation

Elias Hubbard
September 11, 2019

The warrants were obtained by the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service, which was being assisted by investigators from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to Santa Barbara County sheriff's Lt. Erik Raney.

Federal and state agencies spent most of Sunday morning at Truth Aquatics headquarters in Santa Barbara, the company that operated the Conception.

Thirty-four other folks died when the Belief burned and sank sooner than morning time on September 2.

The bodies of all nonetheless one victim had been recovered. The search for the last body was suspended this weekend because of strong winds and rough seas, according to Raney.

After investigating a similar boat owned by the same company, National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) board member Jennifer Homendy told CNN she has several safety concerns, including whether there is proper equipment for detecting and suppressing fire. Agents also took pictures of the company's two other dive boats.

For a judge to approve warrants, law enforcement must spell out the probability a crime was committed.

Truth Aquatics is a dive boat operator that offers water and scuba outings.

"The dive teams are going to get together (on) Monday to develop a plan".

Officials did not say on Sunday what they were seeking in the search warrants, and Eimiller said the affidavits submitted to back them up had been sealed.

Flee Guard records exclaim the Belief handed its two most most contemporary inspections and not using a safety violations.

The Conception was anchored off Santa Cruz Island on Labor Day morning, on the last day of a three-day scuba diving expedition when it caught fire and later sank, killing 33 passengers and a crew member who were in the below-deck bunk area.

Authorities are focused on determining the cause of the fire and are looking at many things, including how batteries and electronics were stored and charged.

The escape hatch in the lower bunk level on the Vision- the similar boat - was small, hard to see, access and maneuver, she said.

A man believed to be Captain Jerry Boylan is brought back to a Coast Guard station. The crew, including the captain, stated they had been driven aid by flames, smoke and warmth.

That cut off both escape routes from the sleeping quarters: a stairway and an escape hatch that exited in the galley area.

The company talked about in an announcement posted Friday on Instagram that the lawsuit is an "uncomfortable facet of these tragedies" and pinned the circulation on insurance coverage corporations and diversified so-called stakeholders.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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