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Vigil planned Friday in Santa Barbara for Conception victims

A public vigil will be held Friday evening at Chase Palm Park
Posted at 8:15 AM, Sep 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-05 21:09:04-04

UPDATE (9:50 a.m.) - Santa Barbara County leaders have released more details about Friday's vigil for the victims of the Conception dive boat.

Organizers of the vigil at Chase Palm Park say representatives from the Community Wellness Team, the dive community and local religious leaders will speak to the grieving community.

The vigil will start at 6:30 p.m. at the stage and lawn area of the park. It is expected to conclude at about 7:30 p.m.

Those interested in attending are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. Organizers say parking is available on the street and in the Garden St. and Palm Park parking lots.


As investigators work to uncover answers in the Conception dive boat tragedy, people are coming together to honor and mourn the 34 victims.

Santa Barbara County Fire Dept. spokesperson Mike Eliason shared plans on Twitter for a community vigil on Friday.

The vigil will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Chase Palm Park, not far from the Santa Barbara Harbor where the Conception departed last Saturday with 39 passengers and crew.

KSBY will have live coverage of the vigil.

As of Wednesday morning, 33 of the 34 victims' bodies had been recovered. Dive teams continue to search for the last victim.

While authorities have not released the names of the victims, many families and employers have confirmed they knew someone who died on the ship.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said the majority of the victims were from Santa Cruz, San Jose and the Bay Area.