Lawyers for scuba boat company disputes claims

Attorney says all crewmembers were not sleeping

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The attorney representing the owner of the scuba diving boat that caught fire of the California disputes federal investigators' claims.


Douglas Schwartz represents Truth Aquatics, the owner of the "Conception."  Schwarz says a crewmate "checked on and around the galley area" around 2:30 in the morning. 


However, The National Transportation Safety Board says all six of the vessel's crewmembers were asleep when the blaze broke out in around 3 in the morning on September 2nd.


The mayday call went out around 3:14 a.m.


By law, boats like the Conception  are required to have a crewmember keep watch at night.  


Federal investigators are now conducting a criminal investigation into the boat fire.  It killed 34 people, including one of the six crewmembers


The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office will update the investigation into the deadly accident around 3 this afternoon. will stream that press conference live.




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