Truth Aquatics Suspends All Operations
Photo: Truth Aquatics
By edhat staff
Truth Aquatics, the company that owned the Conception dive boat that caught fire killing 34 people last month, announced Tuesday they are officially suspending all operations.
The announcement was made on its website and states:
"With the continued calls and request for tours, we want to announce that we are officially suspending all operations of our Truth Aquatic fleet for a to-be-determined amount of time. We apologize to our customers who have been seeking reservations as well as those with reservations – and truly appreciate the expressions of support. Right now we feel it’s important dedicate our entire efforts to make our boats models of new regulations that we will continue to work on with the NTSB and Coast Guard."
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), and U.S. Coast Guard are continuing its investigation into what caused the Labor Day fire. The preliminary NTSB report did not point to a cause but stated all five surviving crew members were asleep at the time of the fire and the Conception did not have a roving night watchman as required by the Coast Guard.
The 33 passengers and 1 crew member were sleeping below deck and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Coroner states their injuries are consistent with smoke inhalation. The NTSB stated a full report detailing the cause of the fire will not be available for another 12 to 18 months.
Truth Aquatics owns two other vessels, Truth and Vision, which have been docked since the fire. The U.S. Coast Guard has not placed restrictions on the company's operations.