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Old 09-02-2019, 10:41 AM   #1
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SOCAL Boat Fire

75' dive boat burns with about 40 pax aboard:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...e-rescued.html
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Old 09-02-2019, 10:55 AM   #2
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Were here in Channel Island Marina, this is on all the news here. Terrible incident.
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Old 09-02-2019, 11:00 AM   #3
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Just read it, OMG, sleeping below deck

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/do...AAGHt9q?page=6
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Old 09-02-2019, 01:13 PM   #4
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Been diving on that boat for 30 years.
Tragic and scary.
Crazy how things can go to hell so quickly to the point that none below could escape.
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Old 09-02-2019, 01:14 PM   #5
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Read that they were only 20 yards from shore,!
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Old 09-02-2019, 01:20 PM   #6
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Been diving on that boat for 30 years.
Tragic and scary.
Crazy how things can go to hell so quickly to the point that none below could escape.


Gas or diesel?
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Old 09-02-2019, 02:14 PM   #7
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75 foot charter boat. I'm guessing diesel.
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Old 09-02-2019, 02:33 PM   #8
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Sad story. I hope those people didn't suffer, and it happened quickly.

The bunks on Dive/Fish boats are tight and everyone has their personal stuff packed in there as well. It's hard to move around in the berthing area, even with good conditions.

I have not been on that boat, but I am guessing it was a typical aft entrance only to the bunks, and no forward way out. I haven't heard much, but sounds like the crew were in the upper house, and the only ones who were able to escape.
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Old 09-02-2019, 02:41 PM   #9
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I know the boat well, The Coast Guard spokesman slipped and mentioned " explosion" on CNN, Tragic for sure. Always seemed to be a well sorted and ran operation in the past. A diesel boat but something went boom..

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Old 09-02-2019, 02:58 PM   #10
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Would the vessel have had an oxygen generator or stored oxygen tanks? Or onboard gasoline storage for retrieval vessels? Or propane? So sad.
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Old 09-02-2019, 03:29 PM   #11
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Zero knowledge of the vessel or how they generally operate , but dive tanks was the first thing that came to mind...
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Old 09-02-2019, 03:33 PM   #12
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Electric Compressors for air. Small amount of gas for dinghy. Large amount of propane for cooking. Short circuit could start a fire anywhere.
Apparently the only exit from berthing area was fwd, a ladder up to galley/dining area. If the galley was fully engulfed nobody was getting through it.
Typical fire ext are for small galley fire. Once fb or diesel gets going you need to jump.

Time to see if I can fit thru the small hatch above the V berth. Maybe a few more extinguishers as well.
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Electric Compressors for air. Small amount of gas for dinghy. Large amount of propane for cooking. Short circuit could start a fire anywhere.
Apparently the only exit from berthing area was fwd, a ladder up to galley/dining area. If the galley was fully engulfed nobody was getting through it.
Typical fire ext are for small galley fire. Once fb or diesel gets going you need to jump.

Time to see if I can fit thru the small hatch above the V berth. Maybe a few more extinguishers as well.

I was thinking of trying to test if I could fit thru my hatches as well. My boat has a large port hole above the fwd bed and aft there is one too
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Old 09-04-2019, 08:40 PM   #14
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I have been on that boat a couple of times, once overnight. I dont recall ever thinking about my escape path. there was a big stairway that led up but i dont recall the stern emergency exit. i think that will be an issue.
subsequently i have spent many nights on gulats in Turkey or other 80 or 90 foot craft and never thought about escape routes in case of fire. that will change
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Old 09-05-2019, 12:49 AM   #15
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I have been on that boat a couple of times, once overnight. I dont recall ever thinking about my escape path. there was a big stairway that led up but i dont recall the stern emergency exit. i think that will be an issue.
Guessing from photos, but there appears to be signs pointing to an emergency escape hatch in the aft end of the berthing area. It might be a scuttle that is above one of the top bunks?

I know it exits to the same galley deck as the stairs so although it meets USCG regs it is seriously deficient in design. Doesn't appear to be any emergency lighting so at 3AM you might have trouble locating the unlighted placards that point you to the emergency exit.
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Reports that the fire started on the deck above the berths. Also, our local news broadcast an interview from a former crew member. He said the boat did not have propane. All the galley appliances were electric.
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Old 09-05-2019, 01:39 AM   #17
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That is what is so puzzling, all electric galley so how did it get fully engulfed so fast that nobody noticed, apparently no alarms went off. Electrical fires usually donít spread that quickly. The crew said they heard a noise in the galley about 1:30 but thought maybe a passenger doing something in the galley.
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Old 09-05-2019, 01:48 AM   #18
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I'm a fan of investigating strange noises.
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Old 09-05-2019, 01:53 AM   #19
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Yeah, I tend to look for things that go bump in the night too.
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Old 09-05-2019, 02:13 AM   #20
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I'm amazed of the many dozens of dive-boat companies ranging from central to southern California.

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