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Old 09-04-2019, 06:55 AM   #1
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Tragic fire on Monday night with at least 20-26 deaths so far with more missing presumed dead. A family of 5 has perished.


https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/search-continues-boat-fire-1.5268512
https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/04/us/california-boat-fire-family-tragedy/index.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/all-34-people-on-california-dive-boat-that-was-consumed-by-fire-are-presumed-dead/2019/09/03/9bba34e8-ce7d-11e9-87fa-8501a456c003_story.html
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Old 09-04-2019, 02:34 PM   #2
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I read/heard the boat had no fire gear. If true then head will roll.
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Old 09-04-2019, 02:39 PM   #3
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They are surrounded by water, why would they need fire gear.
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Old 09-04-2019, 02:43 PM   #4
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I read/heard the boat had no fire gear. If true then head will roll.
This doesn't appear to be correct.

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The Conception has a good safety record, and Coast Guard officials reiterated Tuesday that its onboard firefighting equipment, which is required by law, passed its most recent inspection.
From the above linked WP article.
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Very sad. Something must have happened, perhaps during the night, that incapacitated the passengers. Given some time and space, one could grab a PFD or even a BCD, put it on and jump ship.
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Very sad. Something must have happened, perhaps during the night, that incapacitated the passengers. Given some time and space, one could grab a PFD or even a BCD, put it on and jump ship.
Maybe it was the fire.
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All the passengers on these boats stay in the quarters below deck. The only escape would be through the stairwells back up to the deck.

If the fire made the stairwells un-passable, you're done. This happened very quickly unfortunately as it sounds like no passengers made it out.

Captain and crew all survived, as their living quarters are all above deck. So they would of just woke up to the alarm/smoke/fire and bail out off the side when the result looked inevitable.

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Christ as a firefighter I've been playing out what might have happened in my mind.

Sounds like it was a very fast spreading and hot burning fire.
One would hope they were taken out by the smoke and not the fire itself.

But with the fire above them who knows how much smoke would build up in their quarters. It sounds like an absolutely horrific end for them.
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Christ as a firefighter I've been playing out what might have happened in my mind.

Sounds like it was a very fast spreading and hot burning fire.
One would hope they were taken out by the smoke and not the fire itself.

But with the fire above them who knows how much smoke would build up in their quarters. It sounds like an absolutely horrific end for them.

I was horrified reading the story.


It sounds like it happened very quickly. They had no chance of getting out.
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I wonder if the scuba tanks were exploding. That would add a lot of fuel to the fire.
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I wonder if the scuba tanks were exploding. That would add a lot of fuel to the fire.
Well.... air. Which it needs to consume the fuel available elsewhere.
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I wonder if the scuba tanks were exploding. That would add a lot of fuel to the fire.
Ya just compressed air, big difference from oxygen which would have fueled the fire.
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I'm thinking the boat probably had a bunch of tanks and they would have been exploding probably fairly rapidly adding to the flames and the chaos. It just seems like the fire took off pretty rapidly. Accelerating the fire rather than fueling the fire if that works better.
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Captain charged with seaman's manslaughter in boat fire that killed 34

"Jerry Nehl Boylan allegedly failed to have a night watch or roving patrol."

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/us/ca...out&li=AAggFp5
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