Criminal probe underway in fiery California boat disaster
LOS ANGELES — U.S. authorities are conducting a criminal investigation into the fiery dive boat disaster that killed 34 people off the coast of California, two officials said Monday.
The FBI, Coast Guard and U.S. attorney in Los Angeles are overseeing the investigation, according to the two people who spoke about the probe on condition of anonymity.
Federal agents on Sunday raided the office of the boat’s owner, Truth Aquatics Inc. in Santa Barbara, and its two remaining vessels.
Investigators have been gathering other evidence, including interviewing the captain and four surviving crew members, since the Sept. 2 tragedy off the Channel Islands. Authorities are looking into various safety issues, including whether a night watchman was on duty when the blaze broke out before dawn.