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Wreckage from fatal boat fire taken to Navy base

Posted at 11:22 AM, Sep 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-13 22:52:26-04

The burned-out wreckage of a boat in which 34 people died in a fire has been transported to a naval base in Southern California for further investigation.

Ship-tracking website shows the barge that transported the Conception in Port Hueneme, a naval base more than 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

The Coast Guard would not confirm the location and authorities have only said the vessel would be taken to a secure area as multiple agencies investigate the deadly fire's cause. A criminal investigation is also looking into whether the captain or crew were negligent in the deaths of the others.

Five of six crewmembers survived the Sept. 2 fire, while 33 passengers and a deckhand died of smoke inhalation as they were trapped below deck just off the coast of Santa Cruz Island.