Authorities say all 34 victims of California boat fire ID'd

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Published: Sep. 13, 2019 at 5:37 AM EDT
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Authorities say they have now identified all 34 victims of a boat fire off the Southern California coast.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office added the last seven names on Thursday. They include a Connecticut couple and several people from Silicon Valley.

DNA testing helped identify them.

The scuba diving boat Conception burned and sank off Santa Cruz Island before dawn on Sept. 2. The passengers and one crew member were trapped in a bunkroom below deck. Five crew members survived.

The National Transportation Safety Board issued a report Thursday that said all six crew members were asleep.

That's a violation of the Coast Guard's rules. Boats like the Conception are required to have a crew member keep watch at night.

Federal authorities are conducting a criminal investigation into the deadly fire.

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