WASHINGTON, Sep. 2 (EUROPE PRESS) –
At least 34 people are missing after the ship they were traveling on has burned off the southern coast of California, as reported by the Firefighters, who collaborate with the Coast Guard to try to locate these possible victims.
The authorities received around 3.30 a warning call from the 'Conception', which was navigating the islands of the California Canal. Upon arrival at the site, in the northern part of the island of Santa Cruz, the emergency services found a completely burning ship that they could not even access.
A spokesman for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, Mike Eliason, has confirmed that there are 34 missing persons, although he has avoided taking them for dead because “there is a lot of fog” in the area. “We hope they could have swum to the coast,” he said, although they are already preparing “for the worst possible scenario,” according to CNN.
A head of the Coast Guard, Aaron Bemis, explained to the same chain that on board the ship, about 22 meters in length, a total of 39 people were traveling, although “the five crew members were able to get off because they were in the main cabin” . “The 34 passengers were under cover,” he said.