Captain discovered responsible of ‘seaman’s manslaughter’ in boat fireplace that killed 34 off California coast

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A scuba dive boat captain was convicted Monday of prison negligence within the deaths of 34 individuals killed in a fireplace aboard the vessel in 2019, the deadliest maritime catastrophe in latest U.S. historical past.

Jerry Boylan, 69, was discovered responsible of 1 rely of misconduct or neglect of ship officer following a 10-day trial in federal court docket in downtown Los Angeles. The cost is a pre-Civil Struggle statute colloquially generally known as seaman’s manslaughter that was designed to carry steamboat captains and crew chargeable for maritime disasters.

Boylan is the one particular person to face prison costs related to the hearth. He might get 10 years behind bars when he’s sentenced Feb. 8, although he can enchantment. His public defenders declined to remark as they left the courthouse.