At least 8 dead in boat fire off California coast
In audio from a mayday call from the Conception, a Coast Guard dispatcher from Los Angeles questioned a Conception crew member about whether passengers were locked onboard the vessel.
"Can you get back onboard and unlock the boat?" the dispatcher asked.
In another question, the Coast Guard asked if there was an "escape hatch for any of the people onboard."
In audio from Broadcastify, the Coast Guard dispatcher also questioned the crewmember about firefighting equipment onboard.
"You don’t have any firefighting gear at all? No fire extinguishers or anything?”
The crewmember’s responses are not audible in the recording.
Earlier today, Truth Aquatics, the company that owns the Conception, did not provide comment. CNN is continually reaching out.
Captain Monica Rochester with the US Coast Guard said earlier today that “the vessel has been in full compliance.
"We are working deliberately with the vessel owner/operator who is with us at the time," she said.
In an interview outside of USCG in Oxnard, California Rep. Julia Brownley called the boat fire this morning “devastating."
“We still are hoping that there could still be some survivors,” Brownley said.
A command center is being set up in Santa Barbara for the family members of victims, she told reporters.
A photo shows a member of the Conception's crew is wheeled towards an ambulance on a stretcher after escaping the burning boat off coast of California.
Five members of the boat's crew were rescued after it caught fire, the Coast Guard confirmed. Thirty-four of the 39 people on board are still missing.
The five who were rescued were crew members who were awake above deck and jumped into the water. Everyone else on board was sleeping below deck.
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The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a go-team to California to investigate the boat fire. Board Member Jennifer Homendy will lead the team that is investigating the incident.
There were 39 people onboard the Conception, and five were rescued by a Good Samaritan boat called The Grape Escape after it caught fire.
The 34 people who are still missing were below deck, sleeping, according to Captain Monica Rochester, US Coast Guard Los Angeles Long Beach Sector Commander.
The five who were rescued were crew members who were awake above deck and jumped into the water.
There are 34 people unaccounted for in the Conception fire, Captain Monica Rochester, US Coast Guard Los Angeles Long Beach Sector Commander said.
Rochester said there were 39 people onboard and five were rescued by a Good Samaritan boat called The Grape Escape.
Rochester said they are still is in a response phase, conducting shoreline searches. The vessel sank about 20-yards off the coast in 54-feet of water. A portion of the bow is still sticking out of the water.
Rochester said the vessel was in "full compliance."
"We are working deliberately with the vessel owner/operator, who is with us at the time working on a plan to conduct further assistance for his vessel," she said.
She said the only mayday call we received was the vessel was engulfed in flames. "That's all we received."
Truth Aquatics, the company that owns Conception, provided no comment to CNN this morning.
The person who answered at Truth Aquatics said, "We are trying to keep our lines open for the Coast Guard at this time, so we don't have any comment."
The Conception was 20 yards offshore when it sank in 64 feet of water while crews tried to extinguish the fire, the Coast Guard said in a press release.
Crews from the Coast Guard, Santa Barbara Fire Department, Ventura County Fire Department and Vessel Assist all responded after a mayday call went out after 3 a.m. today.
The vessel currently has a portion of the bow sticking out of the water, the Coast Guard said.
More than 30 people were onboard. Five crew members have been rescued. There are “numerous fatalities” according to Bill Nash, Ventura County PIO.
Five people have been rescued from the Conception, a diving boat that caught fire early this morning near Santa Cruz Island, according to US Coast Guard Petty Officer Mark Barney.
Two of the people rescued reportedly have leg injuries.
The Conception is a 75-foot boat that left Saturday for a three-day diving trip. It was scheduled to return later today, according to the company website.