California Victim Compensation Board Approves Money For Funeral Services

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Family members of the 34 people who died in the Labor Day dive boat fire can apply for money to pay for counseling and funeral costs. The California Victim Compensation Board named the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office to help families seek compensation. The chartered boat, Conception, caught fire off the coast of Santa Cruz Island on Labor Day. Only five crew members made it off the boat alive. It’s unclear what caused the 75-foot vessel to catch fire, but federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation.