BREAKING: Dozens Reportedly Killed in California Boat Fire

UPDATE: Four more bodies have been found on the ocean floor, along with four people previously identified, bringing the death total to eight, per NBC Los Angeles.

The Coast Guard says 33 people are missing after a fire broke out aboard a dive boat off the coast of Southern California. Earlier, authorities had said that they were searching for 34.

Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Kroll of the U.S. Coast Guard said five crew members sleeping on the top deck of the 75-foot commercial scuba diving vessel were rescued. They were evacuated aboard a passing good Samaritan pleasure craft. One of the crew suffered minor injuries.

The Coast Guard statement says fire department crews were fighting the flames when the vessel sank 20 yards offshore in 64 feet of water. A portion of the bow is sticking out of the water.

Source: Ventura County Officials Report Multiple Fatalities in Boat Incident; Coast Guard Says Rescue Still Underway | KTLA

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