DURHAM, NC – September 12, 2019 – Organizations throughout the diving industry have joined forces to raise money for the families who lost loved ones in the Conception tragedy. We are calling upon the community of divers around the world to join in this unified effort.
On September 2, the M/V Conception, a 75-foot dive boat, was anchored off Santa Cruz Island on the last day of a three-day charter when it erupted in a predawn fire. All 33 passengers and one crew member were killed.
In the wake of this disaster, DAN, PADI, SSI, TDI/SDI, DUI, California Diving News, Scubapro, the Women Divers Hall of Fame, PSI-PCI, NAUI, Undercurrent and Catalina Cylinders have teamed up to start a fund for the victim's families. The call to act reflects the sense of loss felt throughout the dive community and the need to take care of each other — divers are one big family.
One hundred percent of the donations will go to the victims' families. The funds collected will be distributed equally among the families of the victims. Families who lost more than one member will receive a share for each. Donations contributed through DAN, a 501( c )(3) nonprofit organization, are fully tax-deductible.
Join the community in this fundraising effort to support the families of those we have lost. Visit DAN.org/TheConception to make a contribution today.