The Latest: Divers find Closing body in California boat fire

The Latest: Divers find Closing body in California boat fire - us-canada

The Latest on a deadly boat fire off the Southern California coast that killed 34 individuals (all times local):

5 p.m.

Police say divers have found that the body of the last missing victim in a fatal boat fire which killed 34 individuals from the Southern California coast.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office also said Wednesday on Twitter that police continue to do DNA testing to verify the identities of seven of the victims.

The FBI, Coast Guard and U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles are conducting a criminal probe into the Sept. 2 tragedy.

The Coast Guard has issued safety recommendations, urging the owners and operators of vessels to instantly reduce potential fire hazards and contemplate limiting the charging of lithium-ion batteries and extensive use of power strips and extension cords.

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1:50 p.m.

The Coast Guard has issued safety recommendations in the aftermath of a deadly boat fire off the Southern California coast that killed 34 people.

A Coast Guard bulletin states the owners and operators of boats must immediately reduce potential fire hazards and contemplate limiting the charging of lithium-ion batteries and extensive use of power strips and extension cords.

The bulletin also says boats should review emergency responsibilities with the team, identify emergency leaks, assess all firefighting and lifesaving equipment onboard, and Examine the Status of passenger accommodation spaces for “unsafe practices or other hazardous arrangements.”

The Coast Guard is one of many agencies investigating the Sept. 2 flame. A cause has not yet been determined.

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11:14 a.m

Police say divers have resumed a hunt for the last missing victim who perished in a ship fire off the Southern California coast.

The victim is one of 34 who died at sea a week near Santa Cruz Island. Five of the Conception’s six crew members lived after several attempts to save others who were trapped below deck.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Lt. Erik Raney says salvage efforts to regain the Conception also resumed Wednesday.

A criminal investigation of this fire has been managed by the Coast Guard, FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.

Police have said the victims, 21 girls and 13 guys from 16 to 62 years old, seem to have died from smoke inhalation.

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