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California Dive Boat Captain Charged In Fire That Killed 34

Added 12-02-20 03:07:02am EST - “The Labor Day 2019 blaze aboard the Conception killed 33 passengers and one crew member. Prosecutors say the vessel's captain failed to follow safety rules.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “California Dive Boat Captain Charged In Fire That Killed 34”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The captain of the dive boat that caught fire last September was charged with 34 counts of seaman's manslaughter after prosecutors found his failure to follow safety rules during the three-day diving trip resulted in the death of 33 passengers and one crew member. AP hide caption

The captain of the dive boat that caught fire last September was charged with 34 counts of seaman's manslaughter after prosecutors found his failure to follow safety rules during the three-day diving trip resulted in the death of 33 passengers and one crew member.

The captain of a dive boat that caught fire last year off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif., was indicted Tuesday on 34 counts of negligent manslaughter.

Thirty-three passengers and one crew member died during the early morning hours of Sept. 2, 2019, when a fast moving fire broke out on the 75-foot Conception. The boat was docked off Santa Cruz Island for a chartered three-day diving trip.

The captain, Jerry Nehl Boylan, 67, and four other crew members escaped the blaze considered one of California's deadliest maritime disasters. Boylan is being charged with seamen's manslaughter, which refers to misconduct or negligence in deaths involving vessels on U.S. waters. Each count carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

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