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Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a tragic boat fire that killed more than two dozen people. http://bit.ly/2Lic2Uj

RELATED: Audio: Coast Guard responds to Calif. boat fire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0uQE4yJ1xk

At least 25 people are confirmed dead and nine others still missing after a tragic boat fire early Monday that occurred in open water off the California coast.

Five crew members sleeping on the top deck jumped off and took a dinghy to safety. Two had minor injuries.

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  1. This incident sounds 'OFF' alright. Maybe something burned on the kitchen stove? Engine trouble? . . . or something sinister. Foul play? A crime cover up? I hope no stone is unturned.

  2. WHY NO FIRE EXTINGUISHERS IN THE SLEEPING AREA! Cost a little extra? Those old wooden planks couldn't hold a few more screws where the wood filler and PAINT covered up the old ones! Make no mistake this boat owner was making $2 million dollars a year off this antique relic of a boat, the CREW all knew it was a fire trap, the customers were depending on authorities (MAYOR,, COAST GUARD INSPECTORS) grabbing their 6 figure salaries to keep them safe ACCORDING TO THE LAW. All involved failed in a pathetic, criminal, total disregard of the LAW manor, to protect the public. Your all MURDERS this is clear! You should face charges and stand tall before the man! Everything you own should be taken for the families of the DEAD. You should be stripped of the right to be a citizen, shunned and disgraced before the public. These coast guard should be removed from service. To the mothers, wives, sisters and children who have partaken of the fruits of these savages, separate yourself from this trash, flee for great evil will befall this LOT! They place the value of a few stinking dollars above the lives of innocent DIVERS out for a little sport!

  3. Why aren't we hearing what the survivors have to say? .

  4. Luckily some “accidents” still have legal consequences. This is a horrible situation where the entire crew survived and every single passenger died. No one wants to hear excuses. This is horrideous! Justice for the passengers today. F*^+ your lip service dude. Sue them and shut the business down. I want to see charges pressed and boycotts every time they try to reopen another scuba business. They did not even try to save people.

  5. This was a huge rapid growing fire and the ppl that passed on were trapped below while sleeping…i guess some ppl expected those on top to walk thru fire and attempt to rescue those who perished…..blaming others in this situation does not help anyone . I do agree the true cause of the fire needs to be known so this does not happen again.God bless all those that this has effected !

  6. Now during the rescue everyone is so worried about safety, not taking chances with the unstable boat, etc. Wow.
    Where was the safety concerns before the tragic fire that killed all those sleeping people ?

    Sounds like a big waste of tax dollars and an awful dog and pony show.

  7. Absurd this was allowed to happen, all boats of that nature , should be required by law , to have 2 or 3 escape hatches in the hull, its ridiculous to have 30 people below deck , and only one escape route , basically the way they go in , thats their only way out of there , I think that we will see laws changed now , after this tragedy, . But then look at the thousands slaughtered by guns, and still automatic weapons are legal! One day , america may get to a point , where its lawmakers actually cares for its citizens, but lets not hold our breath on that!

  8. California Officials are going to sweep this under the rug so that the American people quickly forget this awful tragedy.

  9. Who says Captains go down with their ship?

    The whole crew escaped and just left those poor people?
    The boat was supposedly only 20 yards from shore.
    Why did the crew go over 400 yards to this guy's boat?
    The boat had a complete safety check.
    The time of night is also suspect.

    This whole story is fishy, if you'll pardon the pun.

  10. No, I think the shame belongs to those of you who've been SO quick to condemn without even knowing all the facts!

  11. This boat was inspected by our "GREAT COASTGUARD" The crew and all that
    were involved with this boat should be charged with 2nd degree MURDER.
    Why, because your all "MURDERS". Why has this happened? Because the
    MAYOR is carrying water for this sleazy group of business. Mr. Mayor
    what did you get for an a okay on boats safety, some free weed, booze,
    and dives? MEANWHILE, 34 souls lie in a shallow watery grave burned to
    death before drowning, while the CREW and the MAYOR cry "oh well let
    have a few beers and a bowl of GOOD WEED"! Californians citizens are
    the laughing stock of the known and of course unknown world!

  12. This boat was inspected by our "GREAT COASTGUARD" The crew and all that
    were involved with this boat should be charged with 2nd degree MURDER.
    Why, because your all "MURDERS". Why has this happened? Because the
    MAYOR is carrying water for this sleazy group of business. Mr. Mayor
    what did you get for an a okay on boats safety, some free weed, booze,
    and dives? MEANWHILE, 34 souls lie in a shallow watery grave burned to
    death before drowning, while the CREW and the MAYOR cry "oh well let
    have a few beers and a bowl of GOOD WEED"! Californians citizens are
    the laughing stock of the known and of course unknown world!

  13. This boat was inspected by our "GREAT COASTGUARD" The crew and all that
    were involved with this boat should be charged with 2nd degree MURDER.
    Why, because your all "MURDERS". Why has this happened? Because the
    MAYOR is carrying water for this sleazy group of business. Mr. Mayor
    what did you get for an a okay on boats safety, some free weed, booze,
    and dives? MEANWHILE, 34 souls lie in a shallow watery grave burned to
    death before drowning, while the CREW and the MAYOR cry "oh well let
    have a few beers and a bowl of GOOD WEED"! Californians citizens are
    the laughing stock of the known and of course unknown world!

  14. Charges should be filed against the Captain for abandoning ship before restscuring the passengers

  15. Rest In Peace to the victims I feel awful now

  16. Sorry for the family of the victims- I can see now, wrongful death lawsuits against the operator and boat owner- there should be at least 2 or more emergency exits on board and enough fire suppression (extinquesors) on board. Shame on the crew , more safety boat regulations (state and federal) will be put in place.

  17. Funny thing, my dad was a dive instructor in Santa Barbara and he used to dive of the same exact boat for years. He said he was shocked when it happened because it was super safe. The crew slept on the top and the passengers slept below deck. There were a lot of birthdays that night and I think most of the passengers were drunk and a fire started. There is only one passage from below deck to upper deck and my dad says they all became trapped. So the crew could not do anything and they had to save themselves. Again my dad was a dive instructor on this boat for 3 years. Very sad to see what happened.

  18. how you get kill by fire when your surrounded by water

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