In the early hours of Monday, September 2, 2019, the diving boat MV Conception caught fire and sank in a horrific tragedy off the coast of Santa Cruz Island near Santa Barbara, California. Five crew members, who had been awake and jumped overboard, survived the devastating fire. A sixth crew member who was asleep in the same area as the passengers is feared to be dead. The thirty-three other people who were on board lost their lives in the disaster. The overwhelming majority of the victims were from the San Francisco Bay Area; specific cause of the fire is not yet known.
The focus of our investigation will be on the failures that caused the fire and prevented those below deck from exiting safely. Initial inquiry has focused on the need for more than one exit: USA Today: California Dive-Boat Fire Highlights Need For More Than One Exit From Sleeping Quarters as well as LA Times: Lack of Escape Routes in California Boat Fire Becomes Focus as Investigation Intensifies
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Lieff Cabraser has a long history of successfully championing the rights of those injured or who lost their lives as a result of fires and other environmental disasters. Over the last 45 years, we have assisted our clients in recovering over $122 billion in verdicts and settlements. We serve on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the litigation over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig blowout and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico where over $11.2 billion has been paid in settled loss claims. Lieff Cabraser was also appointed by the court to lead litigation on behalf of homeowners, businesses and employees who suffered economic injuries relating to 2015 Plains pipeline oil spill in Santa Barbara, and also helps lead two class action cases on behalf of homeowners and businesses who suffered losses from the 2015-2016 Porter Ranch gas leak in Southern California.
Lieff Cabraser represents the family of Ernest Foss, beloved father and musician who was killed in the November 2018 Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in modern California history. Lieff Cabraser also represents plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit as well as hundreds of individual suits filed against PG&E for the devastating property damage, economic losses, and disruption to homes, businesses, and livelihoods caused by the Camp wildfire. Lieff Cabraser also serves as Co-Lead Counsel in consolidated individual and class suits against Southern California Edison over the role of the utility’s equipment in starting the devastating 2017 Thomas Fire, Co-Lead Counsel in the California Woolsey Fire cases, and as Chairs of the Class Action Committee and on the Individual Plaintiffs Executive Committee in the consolidated lawsuits against Pacific Gas & Electric relating to losses from the 2017 San Francisco Bay Wine Country Fires.
Contact a Lawyer at Lieff Cabraser Today About The Conception Fire
If you have lost a loved one in the tragic fire and sinking of the Conception on September 2, 2019 and would like to consult with an experienced California injury lawyer, please call us today in San Francisco at 415 956-1000 or use the form below to send us an email message.