3 dead in suspected smuggling operation


At least three people were killed and 27 were hospitalized when a boat overturned Sunday off the San Diego coast during a suspected human smuggling operation, authorities said.

San Diego fire officials and other agencies responded to a call Sunday morning that a commercial vessel looked to be in trouble, Fire Rescue lifeguard Lt. Rick Romero said in a news conference. 

“Once we arrived on scene, the boat had been basically broken apart,” he said, adding that the boat was determined to be a 40-foot cabin cruiser “with multiple people on board.”

The first report from a commercial assistance vehicle said there were only three or four people on board. But once fire officials came to the scene, Romero said, that number turned into much more.

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