Conception: liveaboard operators drag feet as manslaughter charge dropped

On the third anniversary of the fire aboard the Conception liveaboard dive-boat in California that caused 34 deaths, the USA’s National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) noted the lack of progress on implementing the 10 safety recommendations it issued following its investigation – as well as recommendations it issued to the US Coast Guard as long ago as 2005. 

The 23m Conception was anchored off Santa Cruz Island, when it caught fire in the early morning of 2 September, 2019. The vessel burned to the waterline and sank less than 30m from shore.