Dozens reportedly killed in California boat fire

Ventura County Fire Department via AP | BDN

Ventura County Fire Department via AP | BDN

The Ventura County Fire Department told the station that five people had been rescued and 34 people were unaccounted for.

In a tweet issued just after 8 a.m. ET, the coast guard said the 75-foot vessel was reported as being on fire.

There are numerous fatalities in the boat fire that's taking place off the coast of Southern California, according to Bill Nash, Ventura County PIO.

The Coast Guard added in another tweet that they launched "multiple rescue assets along with assets from local agencies".

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The U.S. Coast Guard said earlier it was coordinating a large rescue effort Monday in response. One suffered minor injuries.

Coast Guard officials were not immediately available to provide additional information on this developing story.

"We are not sure where it falls jurisdictionally; it's Coast Guard, Santa Barbara or Ventura", he said.

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