ON BREAK—Above, scuba instructors Jay Fischer, left, and Tim Coates, members of the Ventura County Search and Rescue Team. Below, divers enter the waters near Santa Cruz Island on Sept. 3. KYLE JORREY/Acorn NewspapersThousand Oaks scuba instructor Tim Coates was already awake when the news broke at 4:30 a.m. Labor Day morning. He watched in horror as images of a dive boat ablaze off the coast of Santa Cruz Island flashed across his TV screen.
“I went, ‘Wait a minute, wait a minute, back that up....
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