US: 34 people killed after boat catches flames off California coast
34 people have reportedly died in a fire on a large boat off Santa Cruz Island, California, early Monday morning, fire officials have confirmed.
The US Coast Guard has deployed multiple crews to tackle the blaze, which broke out on the 75-foot boat near Platts Harbor.
KKFX-TV reported that Coast Guard Los Angeles responded to reports of a fully engulfed boat fire off Santa Cruz Island around 5am.
The coast guard responded by both air and water and nearby vessels were called to help rescue the passengers, the station reported.
“The Coast Guard has launched multiple rescue assets along with assets from local agencies to assist more than 30 people in distress on a 75ft boat near Santa Cruz Island,” Coast Guard LA said in a tweet shortly before 5 a.m. local time.