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Coast Guard responding to more than 30 people in distress on boat off of Santa Cruz Island

LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Coast Guard says it has launched several boats to help more than 30 people “in distress” off the coast of southern California.

Follow FOX4 sister station KTLA for developments with this story

Tweets from the Coast Guard in Los Angeles said there were reports the people were on a boat that was on fire near Santa Cruz Island. KTLA reported that 34 people were dead, citing information from the Ventura County Fire Department, but the Coast Guard has not confirmed that number yet.

One tweet said some crew members had been rescued, and rescuers were working to evacuate the remaining passengers. One crew member had minor injuries.

Santa Cruz Island is off the coast of Santa Barbara.

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