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Search resumes for final victim of 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. The U.S. Coast Guard said it has launched several boats to help over two dozen people Photo: AP/ Ventura County Fire Department
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. The U.S. Coast Guard said it has launched several boats to help over two dozen people "in distress" off the coast of southern California.

Updated: September 10, 2019 12:34 PM

Officials say divers have resumed a search for the last missing victim who died in a fatal boat fire as authorities continue a criminal investigation into the blaze that killed 34 people off the coast of California.

The search had been halted over the weekend and Monday because of high winds.

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Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown told the county's Board of Supervisors that salvage operations to raise the Conception out of the water also restarted Tuesday.

Brown said the victims, 21 women and 13 men, ranged from 16 to 62 years old.

Brown says the preliminary examinations indicate the victims died of smoke inhalation and perished before they were burned.

Authorities are working to identify the victims and release their remains to their families.


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