Eight people died and more than two dozen passengers remained unaccounted for after a 75-foot commercial diving boat on a Labor Day excursion caught fire off the coast of Santa Cruz Island in Southern California.
Four bodies have been recovered and four more spotted on the ocean floor after a boat was destroyed۔
The fire started in the early hours of Monday. The boat was anchored just metres off Santa Cruz Island, about 90 miles (145km) west of Los Angeles.
The vessel is now submerged as a search and rescue operation continues.
The cause of the blaze is not clear. Authorities said there is no evidence of a criminal act at this point.