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Coast Guard says 34 people are missing after a boat fire off Ventura County's coast

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Posted at 9:24 AM, Sep 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-02 12:24:33-04

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Coast Guard says 34 people are missing after a fire broke out aboard a dive boat off the coast of Southern California.

Earlier, authorities said they were searching 33.

Five people were rescued and Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Kroll told The Associated Press the Coast Guard was searching for others who may have been able to escape the fire by jumping from the boat. A statement by the agency says they were evacuated aboard a passing good Samaritan pleasure craft. Two of the crew suffered minor injuries.

The Coast Guard statement says fire department crews were fighting the flames when the vessel sank 20 yards (18 meters) off shore in 64 feet (19.5 meters) of water. A portion of the bow is sticking out of the water.