Truth Aquatics Served with Search Warrants During Investigation
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.