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Harrowing mayday call from burning boat off California coast

Harrowing mayday call from burning boat off California coast


SORRY. ELLISON BARBER, VERY NICE WORK DOWN THERE. WELL, THE COAST GUARD RECOVERING FOR BODIES AFTER A DIVE WENT UP IN FLAMES. 29 PEOPLE STILL MISSING. IT HAPPENED NEAR SANTA CRUZ ISLAND. THE BOAT WAS APPARENTLY USED FOR MULTI-DAY SCUBA DIVING TRIPS WITH BUNK BEDS FOR DOZENS OF PASSENGERS. MARK BARNEY WITH THE U.S. COAST GUARD JOINS US NOW ON THE PHONE, AND IT IS UNCLEAR TO A LOT OF PEOPLE, OFFICER BARNEY, HOW EXACTLY DOES HAPPEN. DO WE HAVE ANY INDICATION OF WHAT MIGHT HAVE HAPPENED THIS MORNING?>>GOOD MORNING, SIR. RIGHT NOW, WE DON’T HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON ANY EVIDENCE THAT LEADS US TOWARDS WHAT CAUSED THE FIRE THIS MORNING. IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE ARE GOING TO LOOK HEAVILY INTO, BUT RIGHT NOW, WE ARE MORE CONCERNED WITH THE SEARCH AND RESCUE ASPECT.>>Trace: IS IT STILL SEARCH AND RESCUE? THERE HAVE BEEN SOME CONFLICTING REPORTS THAT IT IS NOW SEARCH AND RECOVERY. I KNOW YOU WERE JUST ABOUT TO HEAD BACK OUT THERE. YOUR ESTIMATION FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES, THEY ARE STILL LOOKING FOR SURVIVORS?>>CRACKS. WE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR POTENTIAL SURVIVORS AT THIS POINT IN TIME.>>Trace: WHEN YOU GO OUT THERE, WHAT IS IT THAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR EXACTLY? YOU KNOW — THERE ARE SOME REPORTS, WHAT ARE YOU GOING OUT ON LOOKING FOR RIGHT NOW?>>SO, FOR EVERY SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM THAT WE HAVE IN THE WATER, WE HAVE REPORTS OF PEOPLE IN THE WATER. WE ARE LOOKING FOR THE TOPS OF THE HEAD, SHOULDERS. THAT IS WHAT IS NORMALLY GOING TO BE STICKING OUT OF THE WATER AS THEY ARE TREADING WATER. WE ARE LOOKING FOR ANY SIGNS OF PEOPLE ON THE SHORELINE, IN THE WATER. IT BREEDS. ANY FORM OF EVIDENCE THAT WILL LEAD US TO MORE PEOPLE.>>Trace: I WANT TO PLAY THIS MADE A CALL. I WANT TO PLAY THIS FOR YOU AND GET YOUR REACTION. TO GO THIS IS THE COAST GUARD ON CHANNEL 16. WHAT IS YOUR POSITION? [INAUDIBLE]>>Trace: YOU HEARD HIM THERE. HE SAID HE CAN’T BREATHE. 39 PEOPLE ON BOARD THE BOAT. WE KNOW FIVE OF THEM GOT OFF. WHEN HE FIRST GOT TO THE SCENE, WHAT WAS THE FIRST THING THAT THE COAST GUARD DOES IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS?>>WELL, THE FIRST THING THAT WE DO IS ENSURE THAT THERE ARE NO OTHER PEOPLE IN THE WATER AT THE TIME. SO THE SANTA BARBARA COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT FOCUSED ON DISTINGUISHING THE FIRE WHILE WE MORE OR LESS ARE FOCUSING ON SEEING IF WE CAN FIND ANY PEOPLE WHO MAY HAVE JUMPED OVERBOARD.>>Trace: IT IS A HEART-WRENCHING SITUATION. BEST OF LUCK TO YOU, THE FAMILIES OUT THERE. THANK YOU SO MUCH, SIR.>>SORRY. ONE MORE PIECE OF INFORMATION TO PASS ON. SIR?>>Trace: PLEASE DO, SIR.>>WE ARE PASSING IT ON A NUMBER FOR THE FAMILY ASSISTANCE LINE. CALL THIS NUMBER IMMEDIATELY TO FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION ON THESE OTHER PASSENGERS FROM FRIENDS OR FAMILY ABOARD THE VESSEL. THE NUMBER IS 833-688-5581.>>Trace: 833 — ONE MORE TIME.>>833-688-5581.

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