Emergency crews found at least 34 bodies after the fire broke out before dawn off Santa Cruz Island Monday. REUTERS/Kyle Grillot
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Divers were scouring for bodies on the wreckage of a scuba diving boat off California Tuesday, after a fast-moving fire trapped dozens of people below deck, sparking a panicked rescue call from a man gasping, "I can't breathe". Emergency crews found at least 34 bodies after the fire broke out before dawn off Santa Cruz Island Monday, leaving nine people still missing, the Associated Press reported.Five of the six-person crew who were above deck on the bridge managed to escape in an inflatable boat.The boat sank later in the morning and was lying upside down under more than 18 meters of water, police said.Officials said there were a total of 33 passengers and six crew members onboard the Conception, a 23 meter boat, when the fire started at about 3:15 a.m. Monday.
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