3 Dead, Dozens Injured After Suspected Smuggling Boat Capsizes Near San Diego

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Emergency responders found several people in the water after a "severely overcrowded" boat carrying 30 people crashed into a reef off the shoreline. Officials believe it was a "smuggling vessel."
3 Dead, Dozens Injured After Suspected Smuggling Boat Capsizes Near San Diego

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At least three people are dead and dozens injured after a suspected human smuggling boat capsized and split into pieces off the coast of San Diego on Sunday.

In a Sunday news conference, authorities said the boat broke apart after colliding with a reef. Officials said it had 30 people packed on board.

"It's a tragic event," said the city's lifeguard chief, James Gartland, adding that it's probably one of the worst tragedies he's seen in his 26-year career.

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, local lifeguards, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Border Patrol and other…
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