At least eight people have been killed after a suspected smuggling boat overturned off the coast San Diego – crews are searching for at least seven more.
Eight dead after San Diego smuggling boat capsizes
At least eight people were killed when two suspected smuggling boats approached a San Diego beach and one capsized, and crews are searching for an estimated seven additional victims, authorities said.
A woman on one of the panga-style boats called 911 late on Saturday to report that the other vessel had overturned in waves off Blacks Beach, according to US Coast Guard Petty Officer Richard Brahm.
“The woman who called stated that the boat that overturned had 15 people on it, but that was just an estimate,” Brahm said on Sunday.
Coast Guard and San Diego Fire-Rescue crews pulled eight bodies from the water, but thick fog hampered the search for additional victims. A Coast Guard cutter combed the area early Sunday, and officials hoped to get helicopters in the air when weather improves, Brahm said.