Listen: Couple on rescuing CA boat fire survivors: “It’s just one of those things you can’t unsee”
"We also want to bring you up to date on that horrible story about the boat to caught fire off the coast of California and some of the people who were on that boat are still missing. this was three thirty in the morning the boat was near the Channel Islands it was a scuba diving expedition all of the passengers were as sleep below deck candy when this fire broke out and trapped them down below deck now such a sad situation and apparently they had no opportunity to get out it's hard to imagine I'm no expert on boats it's hard to imagine there wasn't a Hatcher something that allowed them a chance to get out now listen listen to this call the Coast Guard says the the the person calling was the captain of the ship you will not hear his voice on this you will only hear the Coast Guard emergency dispatcher but to you'll hear the dispatcher saying what do you mean they're locked inside below deck can can't get out what do you mean you didn't have any fire fighting equipment on board the ship. while that is stunning to hear that all of the crew members got off of the ship they got on a some kind of a little skipper something and went to a nearby ship that was anchored and were rescued the passengers were trapped below us so again just imagine this this boat and was there only one little door that provided to the entrance and it was it jammed who knows if we'll ever know why it was locked and then for the whole thing to been engulfed in flames I'm gonna suggest a fire extinguisher not gonna do a whole lot of good at that point if if the oxygen was the combustible agent here that just made this thing go up you know just in flames instantly a fire extinguisher to probably not going to whole Lotta good in a situation like that this is three thirty in the morning but it does when you hear that audio it makes you wonder why didn't somebody who's on the crew and they were all awake at that time they were up they were all on the deck yeah according to their version of the story. why didn't somebody try to unlock the door and that's you know did they Trier was that every man for himself and the crew and the captain I'm and didn't go down with the ship don't know about that part but did did they did they abandon their responsibilities to try to help those passengers and they just said I'm getting out of here surely Hanson was on board her both the grape escape it was moored several hundred feet away she was awakened by five men from this boat banging on her own vessels hole this group of the the crew escaped on a detainee and they told Mrs Hanson that a bad fire had broken out on their boat. and one man had a broken leg to the man to search the water near the boat but didn't locate any additional survivors the men were all distraught they said they had celebrated a birthday party for one of the ship's passengers on Sunday evening. and Mrs Hanson says you felt so helpless to see this in the black of the night it's three thirty in the morning now they're out on the water all she could see was flames that engulfed the entire boat now I want to be clear it's very much speculation Donna maybe those crew members tried to help the passengers in some way before the flames in the fire just prevented them from doing anything else other than than saving their own lives don't know if we'll ever know the true story there Coast Guard record show the conception was last inspected in February the ship was in full compliance with regulatory requirements that would imply there was fire extinguishers onboard someplace then if that yes that box that's according to captain Rochester with the U. S. Coast Guard vessel walls launched in nineteen eighty one it had box for forty six passengers all the passengers slept below deck according to the U. S. Coast Guard and there was only one way out boy and and so does that mean the cruise school quarters were above deck I guess and that's how they were able to to get often of just the passenger bunk beds down below Kelly I I I have not seen yet why all of the crew were up at three thirty and on the deck it it's just not spelled out so far in any of the reporting the federal government has sent a team from the national transportation safety board to investigate there is out there today investigators will review the safety history of the vessel and the company they will review the boat's design they will look at the fire fighting equipment that was on board and how the crew was trained. going to a spokesperson for the federal government national transportation safety board Kenny this could go down as one of the worst disasters in the in US history for this cut type of boating yeah for maritime like this and and this investigation it'll be a year mark before we hear what's really happened there I'll surely they're gonna try to understand the cause of the blaze to along with all the other they have to mention yes what what what started it why was it so big and spread so rapidly that the crew had to get off immediately and couldn't do anything to help save the"