Sinking of MV Conception

  • sinking of mv conception
    mv conception burning.jpg
    the diving boat conception burns off the coast of santa cruz island, california, on september. 2, 2019
    dateseptember 2, 2019
    timeapproximately 3 a.m. pdt utc−07:00
    locationplatts harbor, santa cruz island, california, united states
    coordinates34°02′51″n 119°44′06″w / 34°02′51″n 119°44′06″w / 34.04750; -119.73500

    the sinking of mv conception occurred on september 2, 2019, when the 75-foot (23 m) dive boat caught fire and eventually sank off the coast of santa cruz island, california, united states. the boat was anchored overnight at platts harbor, a small undeveloped bay on the north shore of the island, with 33 passengers and 1 crew member asleep below decks when fire broke out shortly after 3 a.m. five of the crew members, whose sleeping quarters were on the top deck, were forced by the fire to jump overboard but not before placing an initial mayday call to the coast guard and attempting to alert the passengers. the crew retrieved the conception's skiff and motored to a nearby boat where a second radio dispatch was made. the loss of the boat spurred a rescue operation by the united states coast guard.[1][2]

    it is the worst maritime disaster in california since the sinking of the brother jonathan in 1865, and the deadliest in the united states overall since the uss iowa turret explosion in 1989.[3]

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Sinking of MV Conception
MV Conception burning.jpg
The diving boat Conception burns off the coast of Santa Cruz island, California, on September. 2, 2019
DateSeptember 2, 2019
TimeApproximately 3 a.m. PDT UTC−07:00
LocationPlatts Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, California, United States
Coordinates34°02′51″N 119°44′06″W / 34°02′51″N 119°44′06″W / 34.04750; -119.73500

The sinking of MV Conception occurred on September 2, 2019, when the 75-foot (23 m) dive boat caught fire and eventually sank off the coast of Santa Cruz Island, California, United States. The boat was anchored overnight at Platts Harbor, a small undeveloped bay on the north shore of the island, with 33 passengers and 1 crew member asleep below decks when fire broke out shortly after 3 a.m. Five of the crew members, whose sleeping quarters were on the top deck, were forced by the fire to jump overboard but not before placing an initial mayday call to the Coast Guard and attempting to alert the passengers. The crew retrieved the Conception's skiff and motored to a nearby boat where a second radio dispatch was made. The loss of the boat spurred a rescue operation by the United States Coast Guard.[1][2]

It is the worst maritime disaster in California since the sinking of the Brother Jonathan in 1865, and the deadliest in the United States overall since the USS Iowa turret explosion in 1989.[3]