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() The US Coast Guard issued a safety bulletin in the wake of a fatal California boat fire on Labor Day that left 34 people dead, warning against leaving unsupervised cell phones and other electronics charging on vessels.

Recommendations in the bulletin said boat operators should 'reduce potential fire hazards and consider limiting the unsupervised charging of lithium-ion batteries and extensive use of power strips and extension cords.'

The bulletin was issued as a Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation determines what caused the fire that destroyed the dive ship Conception off the coast of Santa Cruz Island. 

A survivor from the blaze has said that the fire may have started in an area where electronics were left charging on the boat. 

The Coast Guard noted it does not have to wait on its own board's findings before taking 'immediate and positive' action, reports USA TODAY. 

Meanwhile, the National Transportation Safety Board, which is also investigating the fire, released its own brief, preliminary report on the blaze Thursday, without mentioning the cause.

The US Coast Guard issued a safety bulletin in the wake of a fatal boat fire near Santa Cruz Island, California, on Labor Day that left 34 people dead, warning against leaving unsupervised cell phones and other electronics charging on vessels

The US Coast Guard issued a safety bulletin in the wake of a fatal boat fire near Santa Cruz Island, California, on Labor Day that left 34 people dead, warning against leaving unsupervised cell phones and other electronics charging on vessels

Recommendations in the bulletin said boat operators should 'reduce potential fire hazards and consider limiting the unsupervised charging of lithium-ion batteries and extensive use of power strips and extension cords'

The bulletin was issued as a Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation determines what caused the fire that destroyed the Conception. The Coast Guard noted it does not have to wait on its own board's findings before taking 'immediate and positive' action

The bulletin was issued as a Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation determines what caused the fire that destroyed the Conception. The Coast Guard noted it does not have to wait on its own board's findings before taking 'immediate and positive' action

Five crew members, including the captain, managed to escape after the pre-dawn inferno that engulfed the Conception, as victims slept below decks.

Flames moved so quickly through the 75-foot vessel that it blocked

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