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VIDEO: 25 bodies found after scuba dive boat catches fire off California

At least 25 people have died and nine are still missing after a fire raged through a boat carrying recreational scuba divers anchored near an island off the southern California coast.

US Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Matthew Kroll said authorities had recovered 20 bodies and discovered five more.

Those five have not been recovered due to unsafe conditions under the boat, which sank about 20 yards (18 metres) from shore.

Four bodies were recovered on Monday morning and 16 others were recovered later in the day.

Authorities will search for the nine people still unaccounted for through the night.

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