Crim­i­nal probe un­der­way in fiery Cal­i­for­nia boat dis­as­ter

The Morning Call - - NATION & WORLD -

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.

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