Truth Aquatics Served with Search Warrants During Investigation

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FBI agent seized documents and evidence after serving a search warrant of Truth Aquatics (Photo: John Palminteri)

By edhat staff

As part of their investigation, federal agents served search warrants Sunday to Truth Aquatics, the operator of the Conception boat that caught fire where 34 people lost their lives.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the U.S. Coast Guard searched the office's headquarters at Sea Landing. Agents were seen transporting covered carts of evidence and documents from the scene. They also searched the two other vessels owned by Truth Aquatics, Vision and Truth.

Conception, a 75-foot diving boat, caught fire off the coast of Santa Cruz Island on Labor Day and killed 34 passengers that were presumed to be sleeping below the boat. Five crew members in a different area of the boat were able to survive.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Lt. Eric Raney stated this is part of an ongoing investigation. 

The Los Angeles Times reports federal agents were seeking training, safety, and maintenance records.

Salvage and recovery efforts were suspended Friday due to high winds and currents causing safety concerns. Dive teams have recovered 33 of the 34 bodies as the search continues.

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mrtrump Sep 09, 2019 12:47 PM
Truth Aquatics Served with Search Warrants During Investigation

In addition to the above information, FBI, ATF and Coast Guard agents were seen closely examining the BBQ grill on Vision. That grill, which is electric, is located just 3 feet from the galley exit door, located on the aft part of the galley. On Conception, the galley door was the only exit out of the galley/salon area, and was the only exit available to passengers to escape the burning galley/salon and sleeping bunk area. The video showing the agents examining to BBQ grill is on YouTube. it is an Inside Edition story titled "Was a Charging Cell Phone to Blame for California Boat Fire".

a-1568062995 Sep 09, 2019 02:03 PM
Truth Aquatics Served with Search Warrants During Investigation

MRTRUMP - No. You are wrong. THIS is what the LA times said: "authorities had not concluded that a crime had occurred but were actively trying to determine whether one had." ---------- In other words, it is NOT a criminal investigation. They are trying to determine if a crime took place, they are NOT investigating a crime. That comes AFTER they've determined there's a crime to investigate. Ugh.... you people!

tagdes Sep 09, 2019 03:50 PM
Truth Aquatics Served with Search Warrants During Investigation

Thank you Roger....and I only post from what I hear that are known reputable sources. As of 10:03 am today from the Associated Press, KTLA and the LA Times; 2 law enforcement sources have stated that the US Coast Guard Criminal Investigative Group led by the US Attorney's Office in LA has launched a criminal probe into possible safety regulation violations. Of the reporters on this story, one is a 2 time Pulitzer prize winner and another is also an awarded reporter. There is a very telling comment from the Coast Guard crew interview that likely had bearing on this for anyone interested enough to use their own search engine.

mrtrump Sep 09, 2019 01:09 PM
Truth Aquatics Served with Search Warrants During Investigation

Sorry. The Inside Edition You Tube video titled "Was a Charging Cell Phone to Blame for California Boat Fire" discusses how charging cell phones are a known hazard throughout the boating industry, and many boat operators do not allow batteries to be charged inside the boat. The YouTube video showing federal agents examining the BBQ grill on Vision as part of a search warrant is a CBS Los Angeles video titled " Search Warrant Issued in Santa Barbara Boat Fire". The agents are seen examining the BBQ grill @ 1:12. As can be seen in the video, the grill is only 3 feet from the galley door, which is the only exit out of the galley/salon and below deck sleeping areas.

SantaBarbaraObserver Sep 10, 2019 08:33 AM
Truth Aquatics Served with Search Warrants During Investigation

From the sound of it, our very own MRTRUMP should be in charge of this investigation. Like his namesake, I am sure he is the greatest fire investigator in history. Also, I am positive he would have been able to put out the fire and save all those people if he had been on the boat.B ecause he is also the greatest hero, swimmer and firefighter in history... Said by him, probably.

seahorse Sep 10, 2019 09:08 AM
Truth Aquatics Served with Search Warrants During Investigation

Regarding the charging of electronic devices on a boat, what is the source of electricity on a boat? Does a generator run continuously to provide electricity or does the boat have a large storage battery to supply outlets?

Bodyboarder73 Sep 10, 2019 03:45 PM
Truth Aquatics Served with Search Warrants During Investigation

It's not that hard to figure this out. A night watchmen was required by law to be onboard becuase it was an overnight dive boat. The boat did not have any employees awake at that time. That's pretty cut and dry as to why their would be a criminal investigation. So the investigators are probably looking for time sheet records of past employees. I bet their is other violations too. Just my 2 cents. Let's wait and see now.

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