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The captain of the Conception dive boat, which caught fire and sank off the California coast more than three years ago, leaving 34 people dead, will face trial next month, according to authorities.
Jerry Nehl Boylan, 68, pleaded not guilty Thursday to a charge of misconduct or neglect of a ship officer, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesperson for the U.S. attorney’s office for the Central District of California. He was released on bond after the hearing.
A trial date was set for December, Mrozek said.
The Sept. 2, 2019, fire on the Conception killed 33 passengers and one crew member who were trapped below deck. The incident was California’s worst modern maritime disaster.
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