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Divers find body of last missing victim from boat fire off Southern California

Divers find the body of the last missing victim from boat fire off Southern California coast that killed 34.

Posted: Sep 11, 2019 4:59 PM
Updated: Sep 12, 2019 8:35 AM

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Divers find the body of last missing victim from boat fire off Southern California coast that killed 34.

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1:50 p.m.

Authorities say divers have resumed a search for the final missing victim who perished in a boat fire off the Southern California coast.

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

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

A criminal investigation of the fire is being handled by the Coast Guard, FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles.

Authorities have said the victims, 21 women and 13 men from 16 to 62 years old, appear to have died from smoke inhalation.

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