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

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Emergency responders found a "severely overcrowded" boat early Sunday that had crashed into a reef off the shoreline. Officials believe it was a "smuggling vessel."
4 Dead, Dozens Injured After Suspected Smuggling Boat Capsizes Near San Diego

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

"Twenty-nine people have reportedly been accounted for, consisting of twenty-four people alive, four people declared deceased by local emergency medical services personnel and one person who was last reported to be in critical condition," according to the U.S. Coast Guard statement that was issued shortly before 11:30 p.m. ET Sunday.

The Coast Guard says it will continue to search the waters off the coast of San Diego throughout the night.

In an earlier Sunday news conference,…
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