The captain of a dive watercraft that ignited in 2015 near Santa Cruz Island, causing 34 fatalities, was prosecuted Tuesday by a government grand court on 34 matters of seafarer’s murder.
Jerry Nehl Boylan, of Santa Barbara, was called in the charge by a government grand court that declares Boylan, as the captain and also master of the Santa Barbara- based Conception, “was responsible for the safety and security of the vessel, its crew, and its passengers.”
The charge declares that Boylan created the fatalities of 33 travelers and also one crewmember “by his misconduct, negligence and inattention to his duties.” The charge mentions 3 particular safety and security infractions: stopping working to have an evening watch or restless patrol, which was called for by the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and also for over two decades was a need in the Conception’s Certificate of Inspection provided by the United States Coast Guard; stopping working to carry out enough fire drills, which are mandated in the CFR; and also stopping working to carry out enough staff training, which was likewise called for by the CFR.
The Conception was a 75-foot, wood-and-fiberglass guest vessel that anchored inSanta Barbara Harbor During a Labor Day weekend break dive journey in 2015, the watercraft lugged 33 travelers and also 6 staff participants, consisting ofBoylan During the morning hrs of September 2, 2019, a fire burst out while the watercraft was secured in Platt’s Harbor nearSanta Cruz Island The fire, which swallowed up the watercraft and also caused its sinking, led to the fatalities of 34 individuals that had actually been resting listed below deck. Five crewmembers, consisting of Boylan, had the ability to get away and also endured.
“As a result of the alleged failures of Captain Boylan to follow well-established safety rules, a pleasant holiday dive trip turned into a hellish nightmare as passengers and one crew member found themselves trapped in a fiery bunkroom with no means of escape,” claimedUnited States Attorney Nick Hanna “The loss of life that day will forever impact the families of the 34 victims. With this indictment and our commitment to vigorously prosecute the case, we seek a small measure of justice for the victims and their loved ones.”
“Nothing will ever replace the 34 lives that were lost in the Conception tragedy,” claimed Special Agent in Charge Kelly S. Hoyle of the Coast Guard Investigative Service–Pacific Region “Our hearts remain with the families as the Coast Guard continues to work with our partners in the Department of Justice on this investigation.”
“This tragedy forever altered the lives of so many families and loved ones, and it deeply affected members of the public who watched in horror. We continue to grieve with them,” claimed Kristi K. Johnson, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’sLos Angeles Field Office “The FBI provided extensive investigative and technical resources to the joint investigation, including expert divers and evidence recovery assets. Our hope is that this indictment leads to the prevention of boating accidents and the senseless destruction of lives through proper precautions and training.”
“This was a devastating and tragic loss of 34 lives,” claimed Monique Villegas, the Special Agent in Charge of the ATF’sLos Angeles Field Division “Our condolences continue to go out to all the families that have suffered from this tragedy. ATF remains committed to working closely with our partners to investigate complex fire scenes such as this by providing our technical expertise in the area of fire investigation.”
Federal district attorneys educated Boylan’s lawyers of the charge after it was submitted, and also the offender is anticipated to self-surrender to government authorities in the coming weeks.
Each fee of seafarer’s murder brings a legal optimum charge of ten years in government jail.