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US: 34 killed as fire erupted on boat in California

US: 34 killed as fire erupted on boat in California

California: At least 34 people have been killed in a fire that erupted on a boat near the Santa Cruz Island in California, KTLA broadcaster reported on Monday, citing the Ventura County Fire Department.

The US”>US Coast Guard Los Angeles said several people have been saved from the 75-foot vessel stranded off the northern side of the island after several rescue boats were sent to its aid in response to a distress signal.

“A group of crew members has been rescued (one with minor injuries) and efforts continue to evacuate the remaining passengers,” it tweeted.

The Conception dive boat was carrying 39 people when it caught fire, CNN cited Coast Guard Senior Chief Aaron Bemis as saying. The 34 people believed to be dead were trapped below the deck.

US”>US Coast Guard Los Angeles Chief Warrant Officer Josue Mendez reportedly said that four crew members had been rescued and were en route to the shore.

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