SANTA BARBARA, California: A middle-of-the-night fire swept a boat carrying recreational scuba divers anchored near an island off the Southern California coast early Monday, leaving at least 25 dead and nine others missing. The fire broke out around 3 a.m. in Platt’s Harbor off Santa Cruz Island. Rescuers initially recovered four bodies 145 kilometers northwest of Los Angeles just off Santa Cruz Island, and 16 others were pulled from the water later in the day. The Coast Guard says five others have been found but not recovered due to unsafe conditions under the boat, which sank upside down about 18 meters from shore. Authorities will search for the nine people still unaccounted for through the night. Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr Matthew Kroll said the four bodies recovered initially had injuries consistent with drowning.