PHOTOS: California boat fire

In this photo provided by the Ventura County Fire Department, VCFD firefighters respond to a boat fire off the coast of southern California, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. (Photo: Ventura County Fire Department via AP)

A middle-of-the-night fire swept a boat carrying recreational scuba divers anchored near an island off the Southern California coast early Monday, leaving at least 25 dead and nine others missing.

Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr Matthew Kroll said Monday night that 25 people had died. Five of six crew members on the Conception escaped by jumping into an inflatable boat they steered to a nearby vessel.

Rescuers initially recovered four bodies about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles just off Santa Cruz Island, and 16 others were pulled from the water later in the day. The Coast Guard says five others have been found but not recovered due to unsafe conditions under the boat, which sank about 20 yards (18 meters) from shore. (AP)

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Authorities and FBI investigators cart away evidence taken from the scuba boat Conception in Santa Barbara Harbor at the end of their second day searching for the remaining divers who were missing, Sept. 3, 2019, in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Photo: Christian Monterrosa/AP)
Divers with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Dive Team prepare to search for a second day for missing people following a dive boat fire off Southern California's coast that killed dozens sleeping below deck, in Santa Barbara, Calif., Sept. 3, 2019. (Photo: Christian Monterrosa/AP)
Authorities and FBI investigators cart away evidence taken from the scuba boat Conception in Santa Barbara Harbor at the end of their second day searching for the remaining divers still missing from the deadly pre-dawn fire on Sept. 3, 2019, in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Photo: Christian Monterrosa/AP)
This image made from video provided by KABC-TV shows the outlined search area where divers are searching the wreckage of the sunken dive boat Conception, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, after it burned and sank Sunday, off Santa Cruz Island in Southern California's Channel Islands. (Photo: KABC-TV via AP)
Local law enforcement and coroners work to retrieve the bodies found by diving teams after a deadly fire on the boat Conception, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Photo: Christian Monterrosa/AP)
Local law enforcement along with search and rescue teams help unload the bodies of those who died in a diving boat fire, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Photo: Christian Monterrosa/AP)
In this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, a dive boat is engulfed in flames after a deadly fire broke out aboard the commercial scuba diving vessel off the Southern California Coast, Monday morning, Sept. 2, 2019. (Photo: Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)
Flowers float on the water near the Sea Landing at Santa Barbara Harbor in Santa Barbara, Calif., Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. (Photo: Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP)
Coast Guard crews leave the U.S. Coast Guard Station Channel Islands in Oxnard, Calif., Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. (Photo: Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP)
In this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, firefighters work to extinguish a dive boat engulfed in flames after a deadly fire broke out aboard the commercial scuba diving vessel off the Southern California Coast Monday morning, Sept. 2, 2019. (Photo: Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)
A memorial outside Truth Aquatics for the victims of the Conception boat fire, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. (Photo: Stefanie Dazio/AP)
JJ Lambert, 38, and his fiancee, Jenna Marsala, 33, hang up a dive flag in remembrance of the victims of the Conception boat fire at a memorial site on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Photo: Stefanie Dazio/AP)
A member of FBI arrives at U.S. Coast Guard Station Channel Islands in Oxnard, Calif. Sept. 2, 2019. (Photo: Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP)
A woman comforted by member of Ventura County Fire department at U.S. Coast Guard Station Channel Islands in Oxnard, Calif. Sept. 2, 2019. (Photo: Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP)
A pair of fines and flowers are placed at outside of the Sea Landing at Santa Barbara Harbor in Santa Barbara , Calif. Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. (Photo: Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP)
Local law enforcement along with search and rescue teams help retrieve bodies of those who died in a diving boat fire Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Photo: Christian Monterrosa/AP)

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