California – Two people are dead and 23 others were taken to hospitals on Sunday after a suspected smuggling boat capsized off the San Diego coast.

The San Diego Fire Department said it pulled 25 people from the water Sunday morning.

Nearly 100 personnel were assigned to the rescue, including medics, lifeguards, firefighters, US Coast Guard and other local agencies.

According to The San Diego Tribune, the group was riding in a panga, a smaller fishing boat often used by smugglers to transport illegal aliens across the border.

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Multiple helicopters and rescue water crafts were on scene, via Fox5 San Diego.


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