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NTSB says crew asleep during fatal boat fire

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Divers resumed their search Wednesday for the final missing victim who perished in a boat fire off the Southern California coast.
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Authorities conducting a criminal investigation into the deadly scuba diving boat fire off the coast of Southern California last week plan to interview previous patrons of the boat company to determine what kind of safety information they were provided during trips, a law enforcement source said.

LOS ANGELES — The National Transportation Safety Board says all six crewmembers were asleep when a fire broke out in a scuba diving boat off the coast of California, killing 34 people.

The NTSB released a two-page preliminary report Thursday. Authorities have said they were investigating if there was a night watchman on duty at the time.

The report comes a day after divers recovered the remains of the last missing victim, one of dozens who were trapped below deck.

The Coast Guard has released additional safety recommendations in the wake of the Sept. 2 tragedy, such as limiting the unsupervised charging of lithium-ion batteries and the use of power strips and extension cords.

The FBI, Coast Guard and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles are conducting a criminal investigation.

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