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Community pays tribute to victims of Conception dive boat fire

Posted at 6:47 PM, Sep 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-03 22:44:51-04

The memorial site for the victims of the Conception boat fire is growing.

Many who visited the Santa Barbara Harbor on Tuesday brought flowers and paused to pray.

"It's unbelievable that there was so much loss of life. I mean, things like that just don't happen," said Goleta resident Michael DeFlippo.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident that left 34 people dead. The group was on a diving trip to the Channel Islands when the boat caught fire early Monday morning.

Law enforcement dive teams are still working to recover the bodies.

People like Kelly Lindberg and her husband say this accident hits really close to home, as they just took a trip in August on the Truth, a vessel owned by the same company as the Conception.

"It hurts my heart, truly. I can't even imagine what happened out there," Lindberg said.

As law enforcement continues to piece together what happened, the community continues to grieve and show their support the best way they can.

"I feel for the families, I feel for the people, I feel for the company that owns the boat and I feel like as a community we need to be out here and all pay our respects in one way or another," said Goleta resident Lisa Green.

Some of the items left at the memorial include photos, flippers and the 39 candles representing the victims in this boat fire.