Santa Cruz boat fire, over 30 people unaccounted for in Southern California, live stream


THE PEOPLE. YOU KNOW PEOPLE WHO ARE CURRENTLY IN THE AREA. >>YEAH. WE HAVE A GROUP THAT WE WERE THINKING ABOUT GOING THIS WEEKEND WITH. >>WOW. >>THIS BROUGHT TEARS TO YOUR EYES. >>WE PUT IT TOGETHER AND THOUGHT NOT THE BEST TIME. WE DIDN’T GO. YOU KNOW, I WAS LOOKING AT THE DIFFERENT BOATS AND SIZES OF THE BOATS. THEY’RE ALL TYPICALLY 60 TO 75. I WAS WORRIED IT WAS THE GROUP WE WENT WITH. THEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT, AND YOU KNOW, IF IT’S NOT NECESSARILY THE GROUP WE WENT WITH, WE MAY KNOW SOMEONE ON ANOTHER BOAT. WE SOMETIMES — IF OUR GROUP IS FULL, WE’LL GO WITH ANOTHER DIVE ADVENTURE GROUP JUST TO GET ON A BOAT. >>YOU’RE WAITING TO SEE PERHAPS IF YOU MAY HAVE KNOWN OR KNOW SOMEONE ON THIS. >>YEAH. >>CBS NEWS IS CONFIRMING THE BOAT COMPANY IS THE CONCEPTION. >>OKAY. ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH THAT? >>I AM. TRUE AQUATICS OWNS CONCEPTION. I’VE DOVE ON TWO OF THEIR BOATS. THEY HAVE A BOAT TRUTH AND BOAT PEACE. >>CONCEPTION, EXPLAIN AGAIN. >>TRUE AQUATICS OWNS CONCEPTION. SOME OF THE COMPANIES WILL OWN TWO OR THREE BOATS IS. >>OKAY. SO THE OWNER OF THE AQUATICS COMPANY IS AT THE SCENE. DARLA, ARE YOU SAYING YOU’VE BEEN ON THE CONCEPTION BEFORE? >>I HAVE NOT BEEN ON THAT BOAT. I’VE BEEN ON OTHERS SIMILAR TO IT. >>I’M HOPING THAT YOUR FRIENDS ARE OKAY. I KNOW THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WAKING UP THIS MORNING HEARING ABOUT THIS EXPLOSION. I’M SURE WITHIN YOUR TIGHT KNIT COMMUNITY WHO ARE HOPING AND PRAYING THAT PEOPLE ARE OKAY. >>YEAH. >>THANK YOU FOR THAT INSIGHT DARLA. >>THANK YOU. >>I KNOW IT IS SO, SO DIFFICULT TO TALK ABOUT. FOR DARLA WHO IS PERSONALLY TIED INTO THIS AND THE DIVING COMMUNITY, WE FEEL FOR YOU. I’M SO SORRY THAT YOU’RE HAVING TO WATCH AND GO THROUGH THIS. AND THE FAMILIES, WE’RE PRAYING THAT MORE RESCUES ARE MADE AND THE VENTURA COUNTY FIRE AND OTHER AGENCIES ARE WORKING AS HARD AS THEY CAN TO DO JUST THAT THIS. IT’S VERY DARK. OBVIOUSLY IT’S A DIFFICULT TASK THEY HAVE. >>FROM TALK TO DARLA, WE LEARNED THIS BOAT PROBABLY TOOK OFF COUPLE DAYS AGO. INTENSE DIVING IS EXHAUSTING TO BE IN THE WATER. HOW MANY HOURS THE DO YOU SPEND ON A TRIP A DAY? >>USUALLY FOUR DIVES A DAY. DEPENDING ON HOW WELL YOU BREATHE YOUR AIR, YOU’RE GOING TO BE UNDER THE WATER FOR 45 MINUTES TO AN HOURER DIVE. >>WHAT BREAKS MY HEART OR SO SCARY TO THINK ABOUT IS ALL AGES. TEENS AS YOUNG AS — . >>MY YOUNGEST IS 10. >>AND CERTIFIED? >>YEAH. >>WONDERING HOW MANY KIDS WERE ON BOARD. >>YOU WONDER WITH A THREE DAY WEEKEND AND EVERYONE HAVING OFF WHO COULD GET AWAY. >>OKAY. WE HAVE A PICTURE FROM THE BOAT OF THE WEBSITE. THE OWNER OF THE CONCEPTION. THAT’S THE BOAT BEFORE THIS OBVIOUSLY. CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE SET UP OF THE BOAT? >>DIVE EQUIPMENT IS PONTE BACK THERE. THE GALLY WHICH IS THAT KIND OF MIDDLE SECTION WOULD BE THE KITCHEN AND EVERYONE WOULD HANG OUT AND EAT. THEN THE TOP PORTION AND THE FRONT WOULD BE THE CAPTAIN’S HEADQUARTERS WHERE TYPICALLY THE CREW WILL SLEEP OR TAKE THEIR SNAP. THERE COULD BE STAIRS ON EITHER SIDE LEADING YOU DOWN TO THE BUNKS. >>THAT’S HEARTBREAKING KNOWING PEOPLE WERE UNDERNEATH WITH A VERY TINY AREA TO GET IN AND OUT. >>WITH THE FLAMES SHOOTING UP OFF THE TOP. >>WITH THE BOAT CONCEPTION OWNED BY TRUE AQUATICS. THE OWNER IS ON THE SCENE. WE HAVE CALLED AND WILL KEEP UP OUR PHONE CALLS TO GET INFORMATION. THEY’VE SAID NO COMMENT. OBVIOUSLY THEY’RE TRYING TO DEAL WITH THIS TRAGIC ACCIDENT. CBS NEWS CONFIRMED THE NAME OF CONCEPTION. THIS DIVING BOAT AS YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THE FLAMES. THE BOAT ON FIRE WITH THE BACKGROUND, FIREFIGHTER IN THE FOREFRONT TRYING TO PUT OUT THE FIRE. WE HAVEN’T GOTTEN WORD IF FLAMES ARE OUT OR IF THE BOAT AT THIS POINT, IF THEY’RE ABLE TO GET ON THE BOAT OR WHAT STAGE WE’RE AT. THEY’RE IN THE WATER STILL SANTA CRUZ WATER AREA. >>YOU THINK ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF FUEL. CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE OXYGEN TANKS AND POSSIBLE FLAMMABLE THINGS ON BOARD? >>YEAH EVERY TANK ON THERE. AND THEN THE COMPRESSOR ON THERE TO FILL THE AIR. THEY ARE COMING TO THE END OF THE WEEKEND. >>WE DON’T KNOW THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE OR IF IT WAS AN EXPLOSION AND THEN FIRE. WE JUST SEE FLAMES. ARE THERE WARNINGS OR ANYTHING? >>OH YEAH, THEY DON’T WANT SMOKING OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. >>ARE THERE A LOT OF GAS IN TERMS A GAS STOVE — DO YOU REMEMBER SEEING ANY OF THAT? I’M WONDERING HOW MUCH FLAMMABLE EQUIPMENT. >>THERE’S A STOVE. IT PROBABLY RUNS OFF THE SAME TANK THEY FILL THE AIR WITH. >>IT’S JUST TRAGIC TO SEE IMAGES. AT THIS POINT, IF THE BOAT SLOWLY SINKS BEFORE THEY CAN GET ON BOARD TO DO THEIR INVESTIGATION. THAT’S A CONCERN HOW QUICKLY THEY NEED TO GET ON THERE, FIND PEOPLE AND GET TO THE BODIES. IT’S UNBELIEVABLE THAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THIS MANY MISSING. 34 MISSING. FIVE CREW MEMBERS ASSUMING THOSE AS DARLA POINTED OUT. OUR DIVING EXPERT HERE THIS MORNING WORKS WITH US EVERY MORNING ON CBS 2. THE FACT FIVE CREW MEMBERS ARE ON TOP. THAT’S NOT A SURPRISE THAT THE FIVE WERE RESCUED WITH MINOR INJURIES BECAUSE THEY WERE ABLE TO GET OFF SO QUICKLY WHEN THIS HAPPENED. ANOTHER PERSONAL BOAT CAME AND BROUGHT AT LEAST ONE OF THEM BACK TO THE SHORELINE TO HELP OUT. CIVILIAN VESSELS WERE CALLED IN TO ASSIST BECAUSE OF THE MAGNITUDE OF THIS FIRE AND OPERATION. GOOD SAMARITANS TRYING TO JUMP IN TO HELP. >>THERE’S A WEBSITE THAT OUR PRODUCERS ARE TELLS US ABOUT. IT’S CALLED MARINE TRAFFIC. DARLA, WE’RE GOING TO ASK YOU TO TAKE A LOOK. IT SHOWS THE ARK AND TRAVEL OF THE CONCEPTION. DOES THIS LOOK FAMILIAR WHEN YOU LOOK AT SANTA CRUZ ISLAND? YOU’VE BEEN TO THAT AREA. DOES THAT LOOK LIKE A FAMILIAR PATH — PATH THE BOAT COULD HAVE TAKEN? >>YEAH. THEY’LL GO BACK AND DIVE ALONG SPOTS THERE. >>DARLA IS WITH THE CBS MORNING TEAM. SHE’S WITH US EVERY MORNING AND HAPPENS TO BE AN EXPERIENCED DIVER, CERTIFIED, HER ENTIRE FAMILY IS. WE’RE FOLLOWING A TRAGIC, DEADLY ACCIDENT OF A BOAT THAT CAUGHT FIRE, POSSIBLY AN EXPLOSION ON BOARD. FIVE PEOPLE WERE RESCUED, POSSIBLY CREW MEMBERS. 34 PEOPLE ARE UNACCOUNTED FOR. WE DON’T KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE DEAD. WE DO KNOW THERE ARE LIVES LOST. A TREMENDOUS LOSS THIS MORNING, A TREMENDOUSLY STRESSFUL AND SCARY SITUATION. THIS LABOR DAY MORNING. DARLA, YOU’VE BEEN SHARING EXPERTISE BECAUSE YOU HAVE BEEN OUT THERE. DARLA, I’M SURE THIS IS A FAMILIAR SIGHT TO YOU. >>YES, IT IS. WE GO OUT OF THAT HARBOR OFTEN. >>TELL ME ABOUT THE DIVING COMMUNITY. YOU SAID YOU WERE WONDERING IF YOU MIGHT KNOW SOMEBODY. THESE AREN’T JUST WEEKEND TRIPS FOR A VACATION. THESE ARE PEOPLE THAT ARE EXPERIENCED AND GO FREQUENTLY ON THESE TRIPS. >>RIGHT. IT’S LIKE A HOBBY. IF YOU WENT GOLFING AND GOLF WITH THE SAME PEOPLE. IT’S THAT TIGHT KNIT COMMUNITY WHERE YOU MEET PEOPLE ON THE BOATS AND RUN INTO THEM ALL THE TIME. WE TYPICALLY SEE A LOT OF THE SAME FACES ON BOTHS EVERY TIME WE GO. >>YOU GO WITH A FAMILY. SO IT’S A FAMILY EXPERIENCE. >>LOTS OF ADULTS INVOLVED BUT YOUR TWO BOYS ARE CERTIFIED. >>YES. WE TRY NOT TO DRAG THEM OUT TO COLD WATERS TOO OFTEN BUT WE LIKE TO KEEP UP THEIR SKILLS. >>TALK TO ME ABOUT WHAT’S GOING THROUGH YOUR HEAD NOW, YOUR EMOTIONS. >>HONESTLY IT’S JUST TOUGH TO THINK ABOUT. IT COULD HAVE BEEN US. I BRING MY BABIES ON THE BOATS. YOU KNOW, I DON’T THINK TWICE ABOUT SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENING. I WORRY PEOPLE THAT I REALLY CARE ABOUT WERE OUT THERE. >>YOU CONSIDERED GOING ON A TRIP THIS WEEKEND? >>YEAH, WE WANTED TO GO WITH OUR GROUP. THEY WERE GOING TO BE ON A BOAT CALLED SEA RAY. WE WERE THINKING ABOUT IT, AND WE JUST REALIZED IT WAS, YOU KNOW A THREE DAY WEEKEND ON A DIVE BOAT ISN’T CHEAP FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR. IT WOULD GET REALLY EXPENSIVE. >>WE LOVE YOU. WE ARE HERE FOR YOU. I CAN’T IMAGINE HOW HARD THIS IS WHEN YOU SAW THIS FROM YOUR POST, FROM YOUR SEAT IN THE OPERATIONS CONTROL ROOM. WHEN YOU SAW THIS NEWS COMING IN, JUST YOUR SHOCK. >>YEAH. >>WHEN YOU SEE 34 PEOPLE ON A DIVE BOAT. TO BE SO CLOSELY CONNECTED TO IT. I CAN’T IMAGINE. >>WHEN I FIRST BROUGHT IN THE VIDEO, I THOUGHT OH BOAT FIRE. SITTING IN THE HARBOR CAUGHT ON FIRE. THEN MY HUSBAND TEXTED AND SAID DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE DIVE BOAT? I WAS LIKE NO. I HAD JUST BROUGHT IN THE BOAT FIRE. I DIDN’T PUT THE TWO AND TWO TOGETHER. I WOULD NEVER THINK THAT — I JUST DIDN’T THINK ABOUT A DIVE BOAT CATCHING ON FIRE. >>THEN YOU THINK ABOUT — THAT’S WHAT PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND WHEN WE COVER NEWS. WE COVER THINGS AND TRY TO HAVE AN OBJECTIVE STANCE. WHEN YOU REALIZE HOW CLOSE THINGS COME — . >>RIGHT. >>THINGS GO AWRY. >>YOU TRY TO BLOCK IT OUT. THEN IT HITS CLOSE TO YOUR DIVE COMMUNITY, AND PEOPLE THAT YOU REALLY GROW AND CARE ABOUT. WE TRAVEL WITH THESE PEOPLE. ALL OF OUR VACATIONS THAT WE’RE GONE FOR A WEEK AT A TIME, WE’RE WITH THESE PEOPLE. YOU GROW REALLY CLOSE TO THEM. A LOT OF THEM, YOU KNOW, WE MAY NOT ALL GO TOGETHER, BUT TYPICALLY THERE’S THREE OR FOUR OF US THAT ARE WITH EACH OTHER ON EACH VACATION THAT WE GO ON. WHETHER IT’S CATALINA FOR THE WEEKEND OR WE JUST GOT BACK FROM HAWAII WITH OUR DIVE GROUP. SO YOU JUST BOND WITH THESE PEOPLE. >>WHEN YOU HEAR MORE THAN 40 PEOPLE ON THE BOAT, FIVE WERE ABLE TO GET OFF WHICH WERE CREW MEMBERS. NOW 34 MISSING. SOME OF THOSE LIVES LOST. IT’S GOING TO HAVE A RIPPLE EFFECT THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY. WE HAVE A GRAPHIC OF WHAT THE BUNK LOOKS LIKE. YOU DESCRIBED IT ALREADY. THIS SHOWS HOW TIGHT QUARTERS ARE UNDERNEATH THE TOP. >>ENOUGH TO SLEEP 34 PEOPLE. >>YEAH. SOME OF THE BUNKS ARE SINGLE BUNKS. SOME ARE DOUBLE. YOU CAN SEE SLEEP TWO TO EACH BED. IT’S A BUNK. YOU’VE GOT PEOPLE ON A BOTTOM ROW, PEOPLE ON A TOP. THEN THE MIDDLE SECTION IS SEPARATED BY A WALL. YOU HAVE BUNKS ON EACH SIDE OF THE WALLS. >>WE KNOW THERE WAS A FIRE ON A BOAT. IF YOU’RE JUST JOINING US 6:56, WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE ON THE NEWS ONCE THE 7:00 HOUR STARTS. STAY WITH US. DEAF DARLA FLETCHER ON SET WITH US. THERE’S BEEN A BOAT FIRE OFF SANTA CRUZ ISLAND. MORE THAN 40 PEOPLE WERE ON BOARD. 34 PEOPLE ARE OFFICIALLY UNACCOUNTED FOR. WE KNOW THERE ARE LIVES LOST. FIVE PEOPLE WERE RESCUED. AS DARLA SAID, THE CREW MEMBERS USUALLY STAY ON TOP. THAT SOUNDS RIGHT IF THERE WAS AN EXPLOSION OR FIRE, THEY WERE ABLE TO GET OFF SAVING THEMSELVES IMMEDIATELY. WHAT’S CHILLING AND WHAT I SEE ON YOUR FACE WHEN YOU MENTION IT IS THERE’S A TINY ENTRANCE AND EXIT. IF THERE’S FIRE ABOVE, POSSIBLY THESE PEOPLE WERE ALL TRAPPED. >>RIGHT. TYPICALLY YOU KNOW — YOU MENTIONED THEY JUMPED OFF. THE CREW MEMBERS ON THESE BOATS ARE USUALLY SO CARING. I CAN’T IMAGINE THEY DIDN’T — I’M SURE THEY TRIED TO HELP THESE PEOPLE OFF. I CAN’T IMAGINE THEM JUST LEAVING THEM BEHIND LIKE UNLESS THEY HAD TO. >>THAT’S WHAT MAKES ME WONDER IF THE FLAMES WERE SO INTENSE AS YOU TAKE A LOOK AT PHOTOS. WAS IT TOO MUCH? >>WERE THEY FORCED OFF? >>AT THIS POINT. AND SMOKE — WHEN I GO COVER HOUSE FIRES, IT’S THE SMOKE THAT’S SHOCKING THAT KILLS YOU SO FAST BEFORE THE FLAMES. MAYBE YOU PASS OUT AND CAN’T MOVE. >>RIGHT. >>YOU’RE INCAPACITATED. >>IF YOU’RE SLEEPING AND IF IT COMES OVER YOU BEFORE YOU CAN EVEN GET UP. >>YEAH. THAT’S WHAT — DOZENS FEARED DEAD. WE DON’T HAVE AN ACCURATE NUMBER. WE’RE WAITING FOR A PRESS CONFERENCE EXPECTED TO TAKE PLACE. WE’RE GOING TO SIMULCAST. WE’LL CONTINUE TO BRING YOU COVERAGE. CBS HAS A REPORT ON THIS. WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE ON KCAL 9 WITH DETAILS. DARLA, STAY WITH US. CONTINUE TO BE WITH US TO WALK US THROUGH. YOU’VE OFFERED EXPERT INSIGHT INTO WHAT DIVE BOATS ARE ALL ABOUT AND WHAT THESE PEOPLE MIGHT HAVE BEEN FACING. HAVE YOU BEGUN TO REACH OUT TO SOME OF YOUR FRIENDS? JUST TO SEE IF THEY’RE OKAY. >>NOT YET BECAUSE I WAS AFRAID TO WAKE PEOPLE UP THAT MIGHT BE SLEEPING. MY HUSBAND DID REACH OUT TO A FEW. HE’S WAITING TO HEAR BACK. >>JUST TO CATCH PEOPLE UP, IT’S 6:59 THIS MORNING. FIREFIGHTERS SAY WITH THE U.S. COAST GUARD, 34 PEOPLE ARE UNACCOUNTED FOR. FIVE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN RESCUED. ONE PERSON WAS TAKEN EN A PRIVATE BOAT TO CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR. THIS IS VIDEO THAT THE COAST GUARD SENT US. YOU CAN SEE FLAMES HOW INTENSE THEY WERE AND HOW FIREFIGHTERS WERE POURING WATER ON THIS BOAT CALLED THE CONCEPTION. THE OWNER OF THE BOAT HASN’T SAID ANYTHING, HAS SAID NO COMMENT BUT OF COURSE MAY BE WAITING TO LEARN INFORMATION. DOESN’T WANT TO PUT ANYTHING OUT THERE UNTIL IT’S ABSOLUTELY CONFIRMED. THE CALL CAME IN AROUND 4:00 A.M. AS DARLA MENTIONED, THAT’S USUALLY WHEN MOST PEOPLE ARE SLEEPING. WHEN THIS FIRE BROKE OUT, MOST OF THE PEOPLE ON THE BOAT WERE PROBABLY ASLEEP. >>YEAH. THEY TYPICALLY WON’T WAKE UP UNTIL 6:00 A.M. >>TO GIVE PEOPLE THE POWER TO BUILD COMMUNITY TO BRING THE WORLD CLOSER TOGETHER. >>THIS TECHNOLOGY CAN ENABLE GROUPS OF PEOPLE TO COME TOGETHER. THAT WAS THE DREAM. MAKE PEOPLE DOUBT WHAT THE FACTS ARE AND YOUR TRUST IS ERODED. SOCIAL MEDIA WAS WEAPONIZED. >>>THIS>>THIS IS A CBS NEWS SPECIAL REPORT. A MAJOR RESCUE OPERATION IS UNDERWAY RIGHT NOW AT A BURNING BOLT OFF THE CALIFORNIA COAST. THERE ARE REPORTS OF FATALITIES. THE COAST GUARD SAYS IT IS RESPONDING TO REPORTS OF MORE THAN 30 PEOPLE UNACCOUNTED FOR. THE 75 FOOT

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