California boat fire kills 25 people, 9 remain missing

September 8, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


STEVE: THIS IS A FOX NEWS ALERT. BREAKING NEWS OUT OF CALIFORNIA, 25 PEOPLE ARE DEAD AND 9 STILL MISSING AFTER A FIRE BROKE OUT ON A SCUBA BOAT IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA NEAR SANTA BARBARA. THIS MORNING A GRIM RECOVERY EFFORT UNDERWAY AS CHILLING DISTRESS CALLS REVEAL DISTURBING DETAILS ABOUT THE DOOMED SHIP. WE DO WANT TO WARN YOU THIS IS VERY TROUBLING TO LISTEN TO. AINSLEY: NO ESCAPE HATCH FOR ANY OF THE PEOPLE THAT WERE ON BOARD. U.S. COAST GUARD LIEUTENANT COMMANDER MATTHEW KROLL JOINS US WITH AN UPDATE. THIS IS SO TROUBLING KNOWING THOSE FOLKS WERE OUT THERE TRYING TO ENJOY A SCUBA TRIP. WAS THERE A BUNK BED INSIDE AND THESE PASSENGERS ASLEEP AND GOT TRAPPED UNDERNEATH THERE.>>FIRST I KNOW THAT A LOT OF FAMILIES ARE WAKING UP THIS MORNING STILL IN DISBELIEF OF WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY. SO MY HEART IS WITH THEM AS WE FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION. AS FAR AS WHAT HAPPENED, RIGHT NOW OUR MAIN CONCERN IS TO GET MULTIPLE ASSETS ON SCENE. WE ARE STILL IN ACTIVE SEARCH RIGHT NOW. WE HAD CREWS ON SCENE OVERNIGHT AND CONTINUING THIS MORNING LOOKING FOR ANY SURVIVORS OR ANY SIGNS OF LIFE. SO THAT’S OUR NUMBER ONE CONCERN. LATER WE WILL ACTUALLY — WE WILL BE DIGGING INTO AND HAVING AN INVESTIGATION TO FIGURE OUT NOT ONLY WHAT HAPPENED BUT HOW IT HAPPENED SO WE CAN PREVENT THESE TYPES OF INCIDENTS IN THE FUTURE. BRIAN: SO WE UNDERSTAND THE CREW WAS EXPERIENCED. THE SHIP HAD A GREAT REPUTATION. THIS WHOLE THING DOESN’T SEEM ON THE SURFACE TO BE AN ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN, TO SAY THE LEAST.>>NO. IT’S DIFFICULT TO TELL WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED. WE DO KNOW THAT IT HAPPENED VERY QUICKLY, WHICH IS WHY EVERYTHING ESCALATED AND VERY DIFFICULT FOR PEOPLE TO GET OFF. BY THE TIME OUR CREWS WERE ON SCENE THE BOAT WAS ALREADY FULLY ENGULFED WITH FLAMES. WE HAD TO PUT THOSE FLAMES OUT FIRST BEFORE WE COULD GET ON BOARD. IT WAS A VERY INTENSE SITUATION FACED BY MULTIPLE CREWS YESTERDAY MORNING. STEVE: CONCEPTION ANCHORED ABOUT 25 MILES OFF OF SANTA CRUZ ISLAND WHEN IT CAUGHT FIRE 3:152349 MORNING FIRE 3:151549 MORNING FIRE 3:1515 I MORNING FIRE 3:1515 INMORNING FIRE 3:1515 IN TRNING FIRE 3:1515 IN THEING FIRE 3:1515 IN THE MG FIRE 3:1515 IN THE MORNING ON MONDAY. LISTENING TO SOME OF THOSE EMERGENCY 911 CALLS, WHY WERE THE DOORS LOCKED?>>SO WE CAN’T CONFIRM IF THEY WERE LOCKED OR UNLOCKED AT THIS TIME. THAT’S GOING TO HAVE TO COME OUT IN AN INVESTIGATION LATER ON AND WE WILL MOST LIKELY START TODAY AND TOMORROW AS WE CONTINUE SEARCH EFFORTS THIS MORNING AND INTO THE LATER MORNING. STEVE: WE DON’T KNOW FOR SURE WHETHER OR NOT THEY WERE LOCKED. HYPOTHETICALLY WHY WOULD ANYBODY EVER LOCK THOSE DOORS ON A BOAT?>>WELL, A LOT OF BOATS HAVE WATER TIGHT COARSE DOORS JUST FOR OVERALL STABILITY AND SECURITY OF THE VESSEL, SO THAT IF THE DOORS ARE OPEN, THE BOAT BECOMES LESS STABLE. A LOT OF TIMES THERE ARE WATER TIGHT DOORS. IT’S UNCLEAR AT THIS POINT WHERE AND WHICH DOORS WERE HATCHED — WERE LOCKED AND WHICH ONES WERE NOT. THAT’S GOING TO HAVE TO COME OUT LATER. RIGHT NOW OUR MAIN CONCERN IS TO KEEP FINDING AND LOOKING FOR SURVIVORS OUT THERE. AINSLEY: I WAS READING THE CAPTAIN AND FOUR COLLEAGUES JUMPED OVER AND ONE OTHER CREW MEMBER AND 33 PASSENGERS WERE TRAPPED AND HAD NO WAY TO ESCAPE. IS THAT ACCURATE?>>THAT’S THE INFORMATION WE ARE GOING OFF OF NOW. THE FOUR CREW MEMBERS WERE RESCUED VERY QUICKLY AFTER OUR BOATS GOT ON THE SCENE YESTERDAY MORNING. WE CONTINUED TO SEARCH ALL YESTERDAY MORNING WITH NO SIGNS OF LIFE FOR SURVIVORS. SO JUST A TRAGIC STORY ALL AROUND. AND OUR HEARTS REALLY ARE STILL WITH THE FAMILY AS WE GET MORE INFORMATION ON THIS STORY. BRIAN: LASTLY REAL QUICK. I HEARD ONE EXCHANGE THEY ARE LOCKED DOWNSTAIRS AND ONE OF THE OPERATORS, EMERGENCY OPERATORS SAID CAN YOU GET BACK IN AND GET THEM OUT? ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT THE ACTIONS OF THE CREW OR DID THEY NOT HAVE A CHOICE JUST TO JUMP OVERBOARD?>>WELL, ANY TIME THERE IS AN ACCIDENT OF THIS MAGNITUDE, WE ARE ALWAYS CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT CONTRIBUTED TO THE ACCIDENT. SO WE WILL BE LOOKING INTO THAT. AT THIS POINT IT’S JUST TOO EARLY TO MAKE A DECISION ON WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED. SO, AGAIN THAT WILL COME OUT IN THE INVESTIGATION AS WE CONTINUE THROUGH THE NEXT WEEKS AND MONTHS INTO THIS. BRIAN: GOTCHA. STEVE: WELL, IT IS A