California boat fire: Major rescue under way as blaze continues

Emergency services are trying to rescue dozens of passengers onboard a burning boat near Santa Cruz Island, California in the US.

At least 34 people are missing. There are reports of fatalities but no official death toll so far.

The vessel appears to be a diving boat and reports say some passengers may be trapped below deck.

Five crew members have been rescued. They appear to have been sleeping in the main cabin of the boat.

"It's a large boat, and we know we have numerous fatalities. I don't have an exact number," Bill Nash a spokesperson for Ventura County told CNN.

The fire broke out in the early hours of Monday morning, at about 03:30 local time (10:30 GRead More – Source

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