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#293358 - 09/12/19 01:31 AM Re: Santa Cruz Island Boat Fire [Re: hikermor]
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Glad to see that they found the 34'th body. That will give families a lot of closure.

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#293437 - 09/15/19 02:34 PM Re: Santa Cruz Island Boat Fire [Re: hikermor]
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The burned wreck of the Conception has been raised, and is now at the naval base in Port Hueneme. This is what some news sources are saying. The investigation is still a multi-agency probe.

Many things remain unexplained. For example, the NTSB has released a preliminary report saying that all 6 crew members onboard the Conception were asleep at the time the fire started. However, it has also been reported that this conclusion is based on interviews with three of the crew after the accident (incl. The captain). It is not clear why the testimony of 2 crew members is missing. 5 crew members survived, and one died (the 6th was sleeping below decks). It looks like a long and painstaking investigation.


Edited by Pete (09/15/19 05:43 PM)

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#293438 - 09/15/19 05:53 PM Re: Santa Cruz Island Boat Fire [Re: hikermor]
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Today our news told that a finnish citizen was among the victims. A man who worked or had worked in Silicon Valley.

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#293441 - 09/15/19 10:47 PM Re: Santa Cruz Island Boat Fire [Re: hikermor]
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Herman 30 ... very sorry to hear that.

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#293602 - 09/28/19 06:44 PM Re: Santa Cruz Island Boat Fire [Re: hikermor]
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Latest news ... after 2 weeks the Investigators have not found a "smoking gun" (i.e. a root cause of failure) for why the fire started on the boat. They are seeking more scientific analysis and the investigation rolls on.

The possibility exists that it might not be possible to identify the exact cause of the accident with certainty. That seems hardly surprising, considering that the Conception burned down almost to the waterline.

Apparently the Coast Guard is saying that a roving watch should have existed on the boat throughout the night. Testimonies collected from some crew members indicated that the watch did not exist. I am not familiar with maritime law, so I cannot comment.

All signs point to a long investigation.


Edited by Pete (09/28/19 06:49 PM)

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#293606 - 09/28/19 07:30 PM Re: Santa Cruz Island Boat Fire [Re: hikermor]
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The night watch requirement is interesting. I would say that a nocturnal watch is not common practice on any vessels I have been aboard here in SoCal (and that includes various Truth Aquatics vessels). We did not follow that practice on NPS vessels.

It would be interesting to learn more about this regulation.
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#293608 - 09/28/19 07:45 PM Re: Santa Cruz Island Boat Fire [Re: hikermor]
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A sprinkler system should be mandatory below deck.

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#293609 - 09/28/19 08:42 PM Re: Santa Cruz Island Boat Fire [Re: Herman30]
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Originally Posted By: Herman30
A sprinkler system should be mandatory below deck.


Generally, when at sea, you want to keep water on the exterior of the hull, not the interior.

Some years ago, we experienced a leaking water cooling intake pipe in the engine room. I was roused from a sound sleep by "Everyone Up! Two feet (60 centimeters) of water in the bilge." Great way to start the day...
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#293610 - 09/28/19 08:46 PM Re: Santa Cruz Island Boat Fire [Re: hikermor]
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Hikermor

I dived for 10-12 years. But it was more than 20 years ago. I did a few overnight trips, but not with Truth Aquatics. Overnight trips were exprnsive. I dont remember any boat having a night watch ... i never saw it in the dive industry. I think the court case and legal action will be very complicated.

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#293619 - 09/29/19 06:54 AM Re: Santa Cruz Island Boat Fire [Re: hikermor]
Herman30 Offline
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Originally Posted By: hikermor

Generally, when at sea, you want to keep water on the exterior of the hull, not the interior.

So even when there is a fire onboard you donīt want water on the interior?

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