Officials provide updates on Santa Cruz Boat fire

Officials provide an update on the situation

A diving boat with dozens of passengers aboard caught fire near Santa Barbara, California, and some deaths have been reported.

Five crew members sleeping on the top deck were rescued at Santa Cruz Island, near Santa Barbara, according to Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Kroll of the U.S. Coast Guard. He said 34 passengers who were sleeping below deck have not been accounted for.

“The vessel was reported as being on fire,” the Coast Guard Los Angeles said on Twitter. “The a group of crew members has been rescued (one with minor injuries) and efforts continue to evacuate the remaining passengers.”

The Ventura County Fire Department said it was also involved in the rescue operation. KTLA-TV in Los Angeles, citing Ventura fire officials, said multiple deaths had been reported.

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