Skip to comments.Captain charged with manslaughter in boat fire that killed 34
Posted on 12/01/2020 6:48:36 PM PST by nuconvert
The captain of the M/V Conception, a dive boat that caught fire last year off the coast of Santa Barbara, was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on 34 counts of seaman's manslaughter, CBS Los Angeles reports.
The indictment alleges that Boylan caused the deaths of 33 passengers and one crew member "by his misconduct, negligence and inattention to his duties."
Prosecutors alleged Boylan failed to have a night watch or roving patrol, conduct fire drills and conduct sufficient crew training — all of which are required by the Code of Federal Regulations.
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Not understanding electricity can get you killed some of the time...
Properly charged especially with loss of life. Unfortunate that captain did not do due diligence.
Wonder what the Fed Grand Juries will say about failure of election officials/certification officials failure to do due diligence resulting in the loss of The Constitution of The United States of America??????
Having the main egress and emergency escape on the same side of the boat wasn't the best design.
Smoke detectors (did they have any?) below deck would have helped.
And if an alarm did go off 34 people without emergency training rushing to escape in the smoke and dark would have been a scene from a horror movie.
It was a tragedy waiting to happen.
Hopefully they design flaws and emergency procedures will be fix on similar boats.
Also, Eloi and electricity often don't play well together.
I would have taken one look at that rat's nest and said something forcefully. But that's just me.
Rankin added that because there were few outlets on board, passengers utilized a lot of power strips, and that power extension cords were strung about in the galley area and bunk room.
My suspicion would be that some egghead plugged a high-draw device into that mess while being guilty of the crime of mouth-breathing.
A horrible tragedy. Last year seems so very long ago.
Can we sue the ‘Skipper’ of CA for all that died in Paradise fire? No due diligence in land management.
They might push a button and eject onto the water.
Ship power and a bunch of lithium batteries isn’t good .
If i saw that, i just wouldnt have gotten on the boat.
Of course, the "jernalist" smoothheads never reported on the gauge of the extension cord(s).
The guests had a bunch of power strips.
Eloi gotta have their lectric stuff...
How many survived - besides the Captain, himself?
Did he "abandon ship" prematurely?
Isn't the captain of the ship / submarine supposed to "go down" with his ship / submarine?
(Yes, I understand that it was a "dive ship," but you know what I mean!)
...and recognize now that the term "dive ship" does not denote the same thing as a "Tauchboot" ("diving boat" - i.e., boat capable of short-term submersion).
Rather, this was a ship designed to facilitate scuba-diving, snorkeling, etc.
If you don’t recall the news of this happening, it might be a little confusing.
I’ve been to Platts Harbor and Prisoners Harbor many times on our boat and with neighbors from the marina. There is nowhere to ‘plug in’....and boats mostly anchor there. I’ve also been on the Conception. Hubby and brother have dived off it....before we bought our boat. The Conception is typical of the older dive boats in SoCal. Such a tragedy.
They were anchored off the island. Must have been a long extension cord.
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