Due to health issues, I am not a scuba diver myself, but I work in the diving business, and have lots of customers who are also good friends.
This morning, I got sad news that one of our more popular dive boats, the Conception, near the Channel Islands caught fire and sunk. They were on a Labor Day Weekend trip. It was about 3:15 in the morning, and all the divers were down in the cabins asleep. Five of the crew members made it out safe, but all below are gone. Unsure if they all died in the fire, or if there were some who were able to escape before the boat went down.
I don't know if any of my dear customers were on the boat, but I wouldn't be surprised, as some of them enjoy that boat and it's trips. All I can do is hope, and of course, feel for the families of those lost in this horrifying event. It's just now a matter of watching the reports come in. I noticed that many news resources across the world were notified. I got an email this morning from a diver in Australia who saw it on CNN. *sigh*
2:45: As of an hour ago, 4 bodies were recovered. Of course, I won't know who until families have been notified.