Locals Set Up Memorial for Conception Victims at Harbor

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By edhat staff

Local residents have set up makeshift memorials for the victims of the Conception boat fire at the Santa Barbara Harbor.

Candles, flowers, and heartfelt notes are placed along the fence near Sea Landing and the dolphin statue to honor the numerous lives lost on Monday.

The 75-foot Santa Barbara-based diving boat, Conception, was chartered for a three-day Labor Day weekend diving expedition to the Channel Islands. While docked off the Santa Cruz Island early Monday morning, the boat caught fire. 

It's currently unclear what caused the fire, but investigators believe the 34 passengers were asleep when the fire broke out.

Photo: John Palminteri

There were 39 people on board, 5 were rescued, 25 bodies have been recovered and 9 are still missing.

Santa Barbara and Ventura locals join the diving community to mourn the loss.

A press conference is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Tuesday to provide updates on the latest findings.

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a-1571647251 Sep 03, 2019 11:33 AM
Locals Set Up Memorial for Conception Victims at Harbor

Thank you to those of you who put this memorial of flowers and candles together. Touching, and comforting to families and first responders. They need to know they are not alone in their grief.

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