Sen. Feinstein Calls for Investigation After Boat Fire

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Source: Office of Senator Diane Feinstein

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement on the deadly boat fire off Santa Cruz Island near Ventura, Calif.:

 “It’s inconceivable that with all the safety regulations we have in place today, a fire on a boat can lead to the loss of life we saw this morning near Santa Cruz Island.

“We need an immediate and robust interagency investigation. The Coast Guard, along with officials from Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, are already hard at work. Once personnel from the NTSB and FBI join the effort tomorrow, we must learn as much as possible about how this happened and how future tragedies can be prevented.

“We need to know whether all applicable safety regulations were being followed and whether additional regulations need to be applied, particularly regulations concerning boats that accommodate overnight passengers.

“We must know what fire-suppression systems and other emergency equipment are in place on these boats and whether they were in working order on the Conception.

“And we need to understand exactly how the crew was trained and, if they were awake and above-deck, why they were unable to alert or help rescue passengers.

“A tragedy of this nature is simply unimaginable, and my thoughts and prayers are with the families of those involved. My thanks to the Coast Guard and local first responders for their diligence. Hopefully the lessons learned from this disaster will ensure that no more lives are needlessly lost.”

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bigone Sep 03, 2019 09:30 AM
Sen. Feinstein Calls for Investigation After Boat Fire

I am in complete agreement with the many comments here that this is nothing but political grandstanding and using a disaster to get her face in the news. What is she thinking? Of course there will be investigations, many from different agencies that began the moment the tragedy was reported, and many more to follow. Most of her comments regarding safety features, crew training, etc., demonstrates that she knows virtually nothing about maritime safety and how these boats are fastidiously maintained and regulated. Didn't take long to turn this horrific tragedy into something political, did it? I wouldn't be surprised if Beto and his cohorts join in soon.

Flicka Sep 03, 2019 01:28 PM
Sen. Feinstein Calls for Investigation After Boat Fire

It's been explained to me that having Sen. Feinstein calling for an investigation will bring in Federal dollars for the cost to the Coast Guard, local Sheriff's Department and others doing the investigating. Needless to say the cost will be huge. It was explained that the same holds true when a Governor declares a "disaster area" after a fire, tornado, or hurricane. It's like "duh", of course it's a disaster area, but saying so brings in the Federal dollars.

a-1567544128 Sep 03, 2019 01:55 PM
Sen. Feinstein Calls for Investigation After Boat Fire

At nearly 90 years of age, Feinstein runs circles around nearly all other lawmakers in DC. When she speaks, things get done. She does not fool around and gets down to biz. Some may want the AOCs running the show, but give me 20 Feinstein's any day.

SantaBarbaraObserver Sep 03, 2019 02:21 PM
Sen. Feinstein Calls for Investigation After Boat Fire

Since the Senate runs on seniority, technically you're correct. She is a powerhouse. But at close to 90, she is 10-15 years past when she should have retired. Mandatory retirement at age 75 should be required for all politicians, especially the US Senate. There is no way that she understands today and tomorrow's issues or is in-tune with the wishes and the interests of the young, let alone the majority. She and many other elderly politicians, management and power brokers are just not equipped to deal with the nuances of modern life. Its time for them to do the right thing and retire.

JB86 Sep 03, 2019 11:17 PM
Sen. Feinstein Calls for Investigation After Boat Fire

Craven politicians, like Salud and Hannah Beth posing uselessly behind Bill Brown at the first press conference. Anything to get some press, while they have nothing to offer, and no business meddling in the investigation that is already mandated by umpteen state, local and federal laws. Dianne, Salud and Hannah Beth just need to bow out and let the professionals do their jobs. Horning in is just, well, tacky.

MyHonorStudentB Sep 04, 2019 09:16 AM
Sen. Feinstein Calls for Investigation After Boat Fire

The picture, with a big smile, is not imho appropriate. Did the Senator's press liason provide it with the press release regarding the fire investigation, or is it a file photo selected by the publisher?

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