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At least 34 Feared Dead After 75ft Vessel Bursts Into Flames In Santa Cruz Island

California: At least 34 people are feared dead after a 75ft diving boat burst into flames off the coast of California.

The fire reportedly broke out just before 5 am this morning near Santa Cruz Island, close to Los Angeles, while passengers were asleep.

According to reports, five crew members managed to escape the vessel while one is being treated for a broken leg.

The rest remains “unaccounted for”, Santa Barbara County Fire Department PIO Mike Eliason said.

We’re still holding hope that someone may have swum to shore. When they anchor overnight they’re pretty close to shore.

We have to hope, but we plan for a worst-case scenario,” he said.