Not less than eight individuals had been killed when two suspected smuggling boats capsized off the coast of southern California, rescuers mentioned Sunday.
“We misplaced eight souls,” the lifeguard chief for town of San Diego, James Gartland, instructed a press convention.
“This is among the worst maritime smuggling tragedies that I can consider in California, actually right here within the metropolis of San Diego,” he added, in obvious reference to clandestine migration into the US.
It was unclear precisely what brought about the nighttime accident in an space Mr Gartland described as “hazardous,” resulting from sand bars and in-shore rip currents.
He mentioned a Spanish-speaker had referred to as the 911 emergency quantity simply earlier than midnight on Saturday, saying there have been some 23 individuals between two small, open boats — eight on one vessel and 15 on one other — that had overturned at Torrey Pines seashore in San Diego, a metropolis close to the Mexican border.
Rescuers didn’t discover any survivors, however some “could have left the seashore” by the point the groups arrived on scene, Mr Gartland mentioned.
The entire them had been adults, he added, saying he had no additional particulars on their nationalities.
Massive numbers of migrants from South and Central America cross US borders clandestinely, usually taking huge dangers within the hopes of reaching the US.
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