What happened on Labor Day 2019 in California and how to prevent such scuba diving accidents from recurring

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Photo: Ventura County Fire Department via AP

On Labor Day in September 2019, off the coast of California, a fire aboard a 75-foot scuba diving liveaboard broke out during the night, killing 33 passengers and one crew member.

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On Tuesday, October 20, 2020, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reviewed and voted on their investigation’s findings, the fire’s probable cause, and any recommendations that could potentially prevent such incidents in the future.

We are especially interested in the lessons learned. It’s hard to ignore. It was the largest loss of life in a maritime incident in US history, in decades.

The NTSB proceedings lasted almost 4 hours.

As we were listening to the live proceedings, we noted operational observations pertinent to all scuba diving operations, not only liveaboards. …


Darcy Kieran

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