LA Port Police Respond to Dive Boat Fire

Los Angeles Port Police lent their assistance and equipment this week to help in the aftermath of a Labor Day weekend boat fire that left 34 people dead in Santa Barbara County.

The port police’s six-member dive crew and specialized sonar equipment headed to the area Tuesday to help with dive operations. The sonar equipment can search the ocean floor and send video images to the team members. The specialized crew has also been assisting with evidence collection and documenting the debris area.

“Our hearts go out to the victims and the surviving families and friends of this terrible accident,” said Port of Los Angeles Police Chief Tom Gazsi. “It is a privilege to provide allied assistance along with the many public safety agencies who are working hard to locate those lost and support the investigation of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.”

By Karen Robes Meeks