Twenty-five bodies have been found after a boat was destroyed by fire off the coast of California.

Citing the US Coast Guard, media reports said nine people were missing, while five crew members had survived.

The fire started in the early hours of Monday, while the boat was anchored metres off Santa Cruz Island, about 90 miles west of Los Angeles.

The Conception – a commercial diving boat – was submerged. The cause of the blaze was not immediately clear.

At a news conference, Sheriff Bill Brown said 39 people were on board the vessel when fire broke out.

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