At least 8 dead in boat fire off California coast

By Mike Hayes, Fernando Alfonso III and Amanda Wills, CNN

Updated 8:19 a.m. ET, September 3, 2019
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9:13 a.m. ET, September 2, 2019

34 people on board, 5 have been rescued

The Coast Guard Los Angeles confirmed that there are 34 people on board the boat, and they have rescued five.

However, it's not clear if those five rescued were included in the 34 total.

"All we can say is the boat is on fire," the Coast Guard tells CNN. 

Several Coast Guard agencies and others are responding right now.

9:03 a.m. ET, September 2, 2019

Coast Guard responding to rescue operation off the coast of Southern California

The Coast Guard is responding to a 75-foot boat in distress off the coast of Southern California, according to tweets.