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Vigil held for 34 killed in California dive boat fire

1 year 1 month 3 weeks ago Friday, September 06 2019 Sep 6, 2019 September 06, 2019 10:23 PM September 06, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By STEFANIE DAZIO and BRIAN MELLEY
Associated Press

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - The 34 people who died in a diving boat fire off Southern California are being remembered by those who shared their love of the sea.

Hundreds turned out Friday evening for a vigil at a Santa Barbara park.

Clergy offered words of solace, musicians offered harp music and a rendition of "Amazing Grace" and a diving instructor said a common love of diving "bonds us together for eternity."

Only five crew members survived Monday's sinking of the Conception off Santa Cruz Island.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown says it appears the victims died from smoke inhalation as they slept in a bunkroom below deck.

Divers have recovered all but one body.

The Coast Guard says safety concerns over gusty winds halted efforts to salvage the boat Friday.

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