34 people missing from a cruise ship fire in southern California, USA

A cruise ship caught fire early Tuesday morning near Santa Cruz Island, Ventura County, southern California, USA. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department in California has confirmed that five people on board have been rescued and 34 people are missing.
As of 8 a.m. local time on the 2nd, the U.S. Coast Guard and fire department were still fighting and rescuing.
The U.S. Coast Guard and Ventura County Fire Department in Los Angeles issued a message saying that the fireboat, carrying more than 30 divers, sent out a fire signal around 3:30 a.m. on the 2nd day, when the ship was located on the northern side of Santa Cruz Island. At present, rescue operations are still under way, and there are casualties, but the specific figures are yet to be confirmed. The Coast Guard is also searching for survivors in nearby waters and islands.
Local media reported that the maximum crew of the fired vessel was 46, belonging to a ship leasing company operating a diving tour project in Santa Barbara County. This kind of diving cruise ship, the crew usually sleeps on the deck, the tourists sleep in the cabin under the deck.
Santa Cruz Island is about 50 kilometers off the southern coast of California.


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