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Cabin cruiser with 30 people hits reef and breaks apart near San Diego, California

Diana

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An overcrowded boat most probably carrying illegal immigrants sank off the coast of California, near the Mexican border on Sunday, May 2.

The 40’ boat with about 30 onboard had shattered and broke apart off the coast of Point Loma, on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. Point Loma is a peninsula that separates the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay.

The people on board being forced to jump into the water to try to save their lives, according to eyewitness accounts.

SDFD lifeguards performed seven water rescues.

This incident involved a lot of agencies including SDFD, Harbor PD, Federal Fire, USCG, SDPD, and Park Rangers.

SDFD (City of San Diego Fire-Rescue) posted on their Twitter account the following message:

"Multiple agencies including @SDLifeguards rescued 25 people from the water. Sadly, two did not survive. 23 were taken to local hospitals. Federal agencies are still searching the water in vessels and aircraft."
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Unfortunately, 2 people died. There were 23 injured people. The 23 survivors were hospitalized with injuries of varying severity, San Diego firefighters said.

SDFD posted on their Twitter account the following message:

"Multiple agencies including @SDLifeguards rescued 25 people from the water. Sadly, two did not survive. 23 were taken to local hospitals. Federal agencies are still searching the water in vessels and aircraft."

SDFD posted on their Twitter account the following photos of the boat with the message:

"Photos were taken at the scene of the boat incident today. 40’ cabin cruiser broke up along the rocks inside the surf line. The @SDLifeguards cliff rescue veh was used to extricate one patient up to street level."
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A news conference of the multi-agency was livestream took place at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 2, 2021, at SD Fire-Rescue Lifeguard Headquarters. The livestream was posted on San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Facebook Page.

Jeff Stephenson, a Border Patrol agent said the followings:

"It was a human trafficking boat."
"Every indication from our perspective is that this was a smuggling vessel, used to smuggle migrants into the United States illegally.”
"Smugglers don't care about the people they exploit. All they care about is profit. The safety equipment was inadequate and the vessel was obviously overcrowded."
We haven't confirmed the nationality of the people involved, but our agents are with many of them at the hospital and the man who we believe was the operator... The investigation's still unfolding."

Unfortunately, this is not the first event of people entering illegally in the U.S.

"Since late 2009, authorities in Southern California have caught more than 6,500 people entering US territory by water; about one-fifth of those were apprehended last year."

Sources:

  1. https://www.facebook.com/SDFDofficial
  2. https://twitter.com/SDFD/status/1388992321601949696?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1388992321601949696%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.agerpres.ro%2Fmondorama%2F2021%2F05%2F03%2Fvideo-naufragiul-unui-vas-al-traficantilor-de-persoane-in-california-3-morti-27-de-raniti--706681
  3. https://fb.watch/5fUwijRrUO/
  4. https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/us/four-killed-as-human-smuggling-boat-hits-reef-near-san-diego-authorities-say-1.4554090
  5. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56967210
  6. https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/2d74c25
  7. https://6abc.com/10572652/

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