Rescue operations are underway for more than 30 people on a 75-foot boat on fire near Santa Cruz Island, California on Monday morning. According to the Initial reports, the boat is a diving vessel.

The Santa Barbara Fire Department confirmed to ABC News that five people have been rescued and 30 people are currently missing.

The boat fire is about 20 miles off the coast in the Channel Islands National Park.

When speaking to CNN, Bill Nash of Ventura County PIO was not sure exactly which island it was closest to.

"We are not sure where it falls jurisdictionally; it’s Coast Guard, Santa Barbara or Ventura.  Where that plays in, after we figure out what we've got, it’s where to transport the bodies," he said.

According to Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol Officer Nathan Alldredge, who spoke to CNN, the diving boat that is on fire off the coast of Southern California is named 'Conception' and it is based in Santa Barbara Harbor.

Alldredge told that they were called to respond shortly before 4 a.m. local today for fire suppression and mutual aid in the Platts Harbor area of Santa Cruz Island and the boat was reported with "at least 30 passengers on board and fully involved in flames."

The boat was drifting toward Santa Cruz Island, as per the Santa Barbara Fire Department, and it was anchored when the fire started to burn.

According to the Truth Aquatics website, which conducts boat charters in the area, 'Conception' left Saturday for a three-day cruise. It was scheduled to return today.

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