Major Rescue After Boat Catches Fire Off Southern California; Fatalities Reported
Sept 2 (Reuters)– A fire aboard a watercraft off the shore of Southern California on Monday left a number of individuals dead, according to a regional tv report, however the UNITED STATE Coast Guard can not validate any type of deaths, claiming 5 individuals were saved of 34 aboard.
“We cannot speak to whether there were fatalities,” Coast Guard Petty Officer Aiden Cooney stated by phone.
“The situation is still ongoing,” Cooney stated, including that he had no details on the 29 individuals that had actually not yet been saved. “The last information we have is that they’re still on board.”
The 5 individuals saved, among whom had small injuries, were team participants of the 75-foot (23-meter) vessel, which had actually ignited near Santa Cruz Island, the Coast Guard stated.
#CoastInc: @VCFD reacted to watercraft fire off the north side of Santa Cruz Island at around 3:28 am. @USCG assisting assistance rescue procedures for individuals aboard a dive watercraft. #ChannelIslands @USCGLosAngeles @CountyVentura @SBCOUNTYFIRE pic.twitter.com/DwoPGfBjtA
— VCFD PIO (@VCFD_PIO) September 2, 2019
KTLA tv in Los Angles reported that the Ventura County Fire Department had stated the fire left several individuals dead.
The Ventura County Fire Department was not quickly offered, however its public details policeman that had actually been publishing messages concerning the occurrence on Twitter had actually made no reference of deaths on Monday early morning.
An picture uploaded by the fire division reveals the vessel swallowed up in fires.
The Coast Guard stated it was proceeding its rescue initiatives. (Reporting by Peter Szekely in New York; Editing by David Gregorio)
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