Police publicly identified nine of the 34 people killed when they were trapped below deck onto a dip ship that caught fire and sank off the California shore on Friday.
Thus far, 33 of those badly charred bodies are recovered, using a hunt continuing for the missing closing figure, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown told a news conference.
“Salvage of this boat is underway, and divers will hunt areas that so far are inaccessible,” Brown stated.
The passengers had signed up to get a scuba diving excursion aboard the ship, and so were sleeping below deck together with a crew member once the fire broke out.
Quick DNA analysis was utilized to positively identified 18 of their bodies. Next, of kin of two of these bodies have been advised.
DNA identification of the rest of the victims is ongoing today that officials have gotten DNA samples from relatives of 34 sufferers, whose names were on the ship’s manifest, Brown stated.
The last relative to be attained was a mommy in Japan, and DNA swabs were assembled from relatives as far away as Singapore and out of relatives that flew into California from India, ” he explained.