Industry insider on likely cause and effect of the California boat fire tragedy
on September 12, 2019
The fire on board the Conception is a nightmare scenario. A wood and fiberglass boat, at night, while passengers are engulfed in flames as they sleep below decks. By the time the crew wakes up, there’s not much to do but save your own life at that point, a terrible thing to even imagine.
The crew sleeps in separate above-deck quarters from the passengers on this boat. I know this because, before I joined the navy, I grew up as a 12-year-old working on a boat like this just down the coast in Ventura, California. The boat I worked on was the, “PEACE”, and Roger, a captain, taught me how to SCUBA dive, and actually went on to work on the Conception. The same boat that caught fire and sank yesterday.