Santa Cruz Charter School Says Two of its Students Perished Aboard the Conception

A charter school in Santa Cruz has confirmed that two of its students were aboard the Conception diving vessel that caught fired near Santa Cruz Island Monday. The children perished along with their family members and all other passengers.

The Pacific Collegiate School offered its condolences after the tragedy.

"Pacific Collegiate School is saddened by the tragic sinking of the diving vessel Conception over the weekend. While this was not a school sponsored trip, our hearts and thoughts are with the families of the victims and those yet missing, particularly those of our students and parents on board. Thank you to the Santa Cruz community and others who have reached out to us to offer condolences and support for our school...

"Right now, our priority as a school community is to support our students, staff, and families in the wake of this tragedy. We have been working closely with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education and Santa Cruz County Mental Health Services to activate the School Emergency Response Protocol (SERP) in order to provide much needed resources and a network of additional support to our school community.”

There were 39 people on board the popular 75-foot boat when it caught fire a few hours before dawn. Only five of them — four crew and one captain — survived. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Pacific Collegiate is a public charter school servicing around 500 students in grades 7-12.