One person is confirmed dead following an incident involving a suspected smuggling vessel from the coast of San Diego Thursday morning.
At least 15 migrants are in custody after US Customs and Border Patrol agents rescued them out of their panga-style smuggling ship, in accordance with CBP.
The San Diego Police Department reported one dead but specifics are still developing. According to CBP, one man was in critical illness; it’s unclear if this is the person who died.
CBP agents seen the boat at 5:10 a.m. local time off the coast of Point Loma, ” the bureau said in a statement. “In 5:20 a.m., representatives onshore observed several people from the boat in distress in the water near La Jolla Children’s Pool.”
“Agents asked assistance from San Diego Lifeguards who responded to the scene,” the CBP said in the statement.
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The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department said in a statement that lifeguard division personnel received a call at roughly 5:30 a.m. from the Joint Harbor Operations Center informing them that there were individuals in the water from a boat near Marine Street in La Jolla, about 13 miles north of downtown San Diego. They were brought to headquarters and met by ambulances and fire crews. Eight people were taken to hospitals.
Meanwhile, the boat continued north into the coastline near Coast Boulevard, the statement said, before crashing to an area called Wipeout Beach.
“One person was found submerged at this location,” the statement said. “The individual was brought to coast and CPR was done but the individual did not survive. The patient was pronounced deceased at the scene.”