The Los Angeles Times has reported that a boat believed to be operated by a human smuggler crashed in San Diego. At least three people have been killed and 27 others injured.
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Police reports say that the boat was overloaded at the time of the crash. The heavy boat hit a reef and broke apart in rough seas by Port Loma. First responders were told at first that only one person was on board. But when they got to the scene, they found a 40-foot cabin cruiser filled with around 30 people.
Some of the people were injured in the crash. Others were caught in a rip tide and pulled out to sea. The waves were heavy, about 5-6 feet in height. Fortunately, the lifeguards saved many lives and recover some of the bodies.
Also, a Navy sailor in the area participated in the rescue efforts, swimming out to one victim that was too far away from the main rescue operation. At last count by the Coast Guard, four people died and 25 were injured. One is in critical condition.
They also believe that they know which one of the people on board was the alleged smuggler. Illegal immigration over water has become more common because it’s now more difficult to cross the land border.
Our condolences go out to the families of the deceased.