Bodies of 33 victims of California diving boat fire recovered, one still missing

The bodies of 33 people who died in a diving boat fire off the coast of Southern California have been recovered, leaving only one still missing.



The bodies of 13 additional victims were recovered Tuesday from the waters off the coast of Santa Cruz Island, where the 75-foot commercial vessel the Conception went up in flames early Monday morning, Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office Lt. Brian Olmstead said.

On Monday, the remains of 20 people — 11 women and nine men — were found. Crews on Wednesday were searching for one more body in the 65-foot-deep waters.

The Coast Guard on Tuesday called off the rescue search for the 34 victims, saying they were presumed to be dead. The 33 passengers and one crew member were sleeping below deck when the fire broke out before 3:30 a.m. Monday.


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