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Judge Tosses Manslaughter Charge in Boat Fire That Killed 34

The dive boat Conception engulfed in flames after a deadly fire broke out aboard off the Southern California Coast in 2019. 

The dive boat Conception engulfed in flames after a deadly fire broke out aboard off the Southern California Coast in 2019. 

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Los Angeles (AP) -- A Los Angeles federal judge threw out an indictment Friday charging a dive boat captain with manslaughter in the deaths of 34 people in a 2019 fire aboard a vessel anchored off the Southern California coast.

The ruling came on the third anniversary of one of the deadliest maritime disasters in recent U.S. history when the Conception went down in flames Sept. 2, 2019, near an island off the coast of Santa Barbara. All 33 passengers and a crew member who were trapped in a bunk room below deck died.