The scuba diving vessel carrying 33 passengers and 6 crew members that caught fire off the California coast and took the lives of 34 people is under intense investigation.
One of the crew members who had just lain his head down heard a noise that sprung him out of bed. He then ran up 75 feet to the top level and barged through the wheelhouse door to be welcomed by flames. The captain of the boat and the four remaining crew members jumped into the water and were rescued by a fishing boat the Great Escape who was anchored off nearby Santa Cruz Island.
Shirley Hansen owner of the Great Escape said the crew member who was shaken from his sleep recounted the horrific scene, his theory was that the fire started in the gallery where everyone had their phones and cameras charging. Clearly makes a lot of sense anywhere there’s electricity a spark could easily generate.
Tuesday the captain, the boats owner, and others underwent questioning for hours. Jennifer Homendy of the National Transportation Safety Board says she won’t disclose any details.
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