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Multiple fatalities in California scuba boat fire

This sounds terrifying. A charter scuba boat caught fire at night and it sounds like the only people who escaped were some crew that were up on deck. All the people sleeping below died.
Fire Engulfs Scuba Boat With More Than 30 Aboard

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It has double and triple bunks. By my count it looks like it could sleep 42. I can't imagine how awful it must have been.

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Re: Multiple fatalities in California scuba boat fire

Must have been trapped and looks like one exit only... not a good idea!

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Re: Multiple fatalities in California scuba boat fire

Horrible tragedy.
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Re: Multiple fatalities in California scuba boat fire

My heart goes out to all those who lost friends and families.
As a professional captain I always had a horror of being the surviving captain in a tragedy like this. Perhaps it would be better to go down with the ship, but even that didn't save the Bounty's captain.
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Re: Multiple fatalities in California scuba boat fire

Horrible.

I fear this boat was owned by a friend of a friend. I'll know when I get back in town.
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Re: Multiple fatalities in California scuba boat fire

This just seems extraordinary for this day and age.

What could spark a fire that fast people could not get out?

I could only think propane/butane cooking gas in the galley.

How could there not be enough emergency exits that no one at all could get out?

Old boat grandfathered laws?

Just shocking.

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Re: Multiple fatalities in California scuba boat fire

Commonly, it's not the fire that gets ya. It's the fumes. Pretty much everything on a boat releases stuff that will kill you when it burns. If sleeping, one may not even wake up. :-(
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Why were there not multiple deck hatches? Fire suppression systems?
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Re: Multiple fatalities in California scuba boat fire

What are the regs for a commercial boat of that size that takes passengers? Does it have to have automatic fire suppression and alarms? How about multiple exits?

I think it was 3am or something, so it probably wasn't cooking.
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