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In the years before a fire aboard the dive boat Conception killed 34 people, the U.S. Coast Guard has often challenged or rejected calls from federal investigators to improve safety rules and fix weaknesses in small passenger boats.  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-11-12/conception-boat-fire-coast-guard-ntsb-recommendations 

A Times review of federal documents shows the National Transportation Safety Board has repeatedly called for stronger regulations aimed at improving safety following serious boat fires, only to see the Coast Guard not implement them.

The Conception fire is California’s worst maritime disaster in modern history. Since then, investigators have pointed to some of the same flaws pointed out by the NTSB in other boat fires: lack of crew training, inadequate safety measures and maintenance.  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-11-12/conception-boat-fire-coast-guard-ntsb-recommendations 

A preliminary NTSB investigation found the boat violated a requirement to have a roving watch overnight, and raised concerns about its two exits from a sleeping area.
Despite this, the vessel had repeatedly passed Coast Guard inspection, a fact some say underscores the problem.

Since the disaster, the Coast Guard has scrambled. Hundreds of boats like the Conception have been reinspected. The results from the NTSB investigation could take 18 months to complete. Federal agents are still trying to determine what sparked the blaze.  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-11-12/conception-boat-fire-coast-guard-ntsb-recommendations 

Still, a growing belief throughout the boat industry is that the Conception fire could finally lead to new safety rules that the NTSB has been proposing for years.
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