Based on the BBC Information, the captain of a scuba-diving boat that caught on hearth whereas within the waters off the coast of Santa Barbara, California and resulted within the deaths of 34 passengers, is being charged with 34 counts of seaman’s manslaughter.
Jerry Nehl Boylan, 67, was the highest officer aboard the boat, ‘Conception’ on September 2, 2019 when a fireplace broke out, resulting in the deaths of all 33 passengers and one crew member who was sleeping beneath deck, the BBC experiences.
Prosecutors blame the devastating outcomes of the fireplace on Boylan’s alleged failure to have an evening watchman on obligation and failing to conduct hearth drill as required by legislation.
A grand jury cited three federal security violations: failure to assign an evening watch or roving patrol, to conduct ample crew coaching or to conduct enough hearth drills.
Every cost of seaman’s manslaughter carries as much as 10 years in federal jail.
Boylan and 5 different crew members managed to flee the blaze with their lives, the BBC notes.
The 67-yer-old is predicted to give up to authorities at a later date.