US boat fire: S'porean's family to take legal action if needed

FBI agents walking past a memorial for the 34 victims of the Conception diving boat fire at the Santa Barbara Harbour. The US authorities issued a search warrant at Truth Aquatics' offices in Santa Barbara, California, on Sunday.
FBI agents walking past a memorial for the 34 victims of the Conception diving boat fire at the Santa Barbara Harbour. The US authorities issued a search warrant at Truth Aquatics' offices in Santa Barbara, California, on Sunday.PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS
Two Singaporeans were among the 34 victims of the fire. The boat's operators have filed a pre-emptive lawsuit to protect their firm from having to pay massive damages.
Two Singaporeans were among the 34 victims of the fire. The boat's operators have filed a pre-emptive lawsuit to protect their firm from having to pay massive damages.PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS

The operators of the ill-fated diving boat, Conception, in the United States have filed a pre-emptive lawsuit to protect their company from having to pay massive damages, as the family of Singaporean victim Tan Wei told The Straits Times that they would pursue legal action if necessary.

The lawsuit was filed last Thursday at the US District Court in Los Angeles, on behalf of boat operators Glen and Dana Fritzler, before the US authorities launched a criminal investigation into the fire and issued search warrants on Sunday at the company, Truth Aquatics.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 11, 2019, with the headline 'US boat fire: S'porean's family to take legal action if needed'. Print Edition | Subscribe