2 Dead, 23 Taken To Hospitals After Suspected Smuggling Boat Capsizes Near San Diego

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Two people are dead and nearly two dozen others were rescued after a boat capsized off the coast of San Diego Sunday.

Lifeguards, members of San Diego Fire-Rescue and Customs and Border Protection air support responded to the scene near the Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma around 11:30 a.m. local time.

“Sadly, two did not survive,” the San Diego fire department wrote on Twitter. “23 were taken to local hospitals. Federal agencies are still searching the water in vessels and aircraft.”

It was not immediately clear what type of vessel was involved. Although, local media reported the incident may be part of a human smuggling operation.

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