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Salvage efforts suspended at site of Conception boat fire until Monday morning

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Posted at 1:44 PM, Sep 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-07 16:44:05-04

The search for the final missing body from the Conception boat fire that killed 34 people on board on Labor Day has been suspended through Monday due to high winds, according to the National Weather Service.

The gale winds warning will last from 3 p.m. Sept. 7 to 3 a.m. Sept. 9.

"Gale Force Winds are likely over the outer and portions of the inner waters this weekend with widespread steep and hazardous seas," says the National Weather Service.

Thirty-three bodies of the 34 passengers have been recovered so far. Only 22 of the recovered bodies have been positively identified by the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office.

A vigil was held Friday evening in Santa Barbara to honor the boat fire victims.

Investigators say those on the boat may have died from smoke inhalation and not from the boat fire.