LOS ANGELES, Sep. 5 (DPA / EP) –
The United States Coast Guard has recovered the bodies of 33 people who died from a fire registered on a ship off the southern coast of California.
According to the authorities, one person remains missing from the total of 39 traveling on the boat, a diving boat called 'Conception'. The other five – all of them crew members – were able to jump in time and save their lives.
The authorities received on Monday around 3.30 a wake-up call from the vessel, which was navigating the islands of the California Canal. Upon arrival at the site, in the northern part of the island of Santa Cruz and about 145 miles west of the town of Los Angeles, emergency services found a completely burning ship that they could not even access.
On Tuesday, authorities had recovered the bodies of 20 people – 11 women and 9 men. Another 13 bodies have been recovered on Wednesday, as explained by Coast Guard spokesman Matt Kroll.
The sheriff of Santa Barbara County, Brian Olmstead, has said that the priority is “to find the last victim”, as well as objects that “can serve to understand what happened.”