2 dead and 23 taken to hospitals after boat capsized near San Diego: NPR


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A US Coast Guard helicopter flies over the area where a boat capsized off the coast of San Diego on Sunday.


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A US Coast Guard helicopter flies over the area where a boat capsized off the coast of San Diego on Sunday.

Denis Poroy / AP

At least two people have died after a boat capsized off the coast of San Diego on Sunday.

The San Diego Fire Department, local lifeguards, the U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies responded to reports of a ship overturning near the Point Loma Peninsula, close to the shoreline around San Diego’s Cabrillo National Monument.

SDFD said in a series of updates that 25 people were rescued from the water, but two people did not survive. Rescue workers took 23 survivors to local hospitals for treatment.

Jose Ysea, a spokesman for the San Diego Fire Department, said The San Diego Union Tribune that he saw a large “debris field” in the water.

“It’s very rocky up there and the waves, although not too high, looked pretty strong,” he said, with enough force to hit a boat against the rocks.

Federal agencies continue to search for more survivors with boats and planes.

A press conference is scheduled for Sunday afternoon local time.

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