The San Diego Fire-Rescue says two suspects were killed on Sunday and a suspected human trafficking boat overturned from the Cabrillo National Monument at Point Loma, whose rough beauty attracts visitors.
Report of the vessel overturning with more than 20 men of the rescue team at around 10:30 pm local time (1730 GMT). San Diego officials said people were soon evacuated from the water, along with San Diego firefighters and lifeguards working with the US Coast Guard and other agencies.
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Officials said “2 patients died on the spot, 23 were taken to local hospitals,” according to the emergency unit’s website.
A San Diego fire official said the boat was suspected of being used by smugglers to illegally bring people to the United States, according to the Los Angeles Times.
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No further information was immediately available.
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Cabrillo National Monument is a park with trails, tide pools and exhibits on the history of California, operated by the US National Park Service. It is named after Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, who in 1542, according to nps.gov, stepped into the United States as the first European to arrive on the West Coast.
(Reporting by Barbara Goldberg in New York; Editing by Diane Craft)