Santa Barbara boat fire: Conception hoisted from water by salvage crew

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (KABC) -- Salvage crews raised the Conception from the water Thursday after the scuba diving boat caught fire last week, killing 34 people.

The crew used a crane to retrieve the boat's burned wreckage from the bottom of the sea at the scene of the maritime tragedy off the coast of Santa Cruz Island.

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Salvage crews worked for well over a week trying to retrieve the vessel but had to wait for the perfect conditions.

The 75-foot boat was transported to a naval base in Port Hueneme Friday morning.

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The cause of the blaze has yet to be determined.

According to a preliminary report released by the National Transportation Safety Board, interviews with three crew members indicated that no mechanical or electrical issues were reported before the disaster.
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