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Larger escape hatches and illuminated exit signs were just some of the safety standards that the Conception was given special exemptions from by the U.S. Coast Guard, records show.  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-11-25/boat-fire-conception-coast-guard-safety 

It’s unclear whether such measures would have made a difference on the boat, on which passengers on a weekend diving expedition were trapped in the hull during an early morning fire.  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-09-03/escape-routes-blocked-by-fire-doomed-passengers-of-conception 

But federal officials immediately zeroed in about the functionality of the two exits in the area where passengers slept in stacked bunks beneath the waterline.  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-09-05/ntsb-investigator-probing-boat-fire-taken-aback-by-small-escape-route-for-passengers 

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Jennifer Homendy told The Times in September that she was “taken aback” by the small size of the emergency escape hatches.

The safety exemptions the Conception and other boats received in the 1990s is raising new questions. Read the full story from @MarkPuente & @lacrimes now:  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-11-25/boat-fire-conception-coast-guard-safety 

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