Man dies, others rescued after suspected smuggling attempt

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SAN DIEGO – A man has died and others had to be rescued from a rough surf near Ocean Beach Pier early Saturday after immigration officials said an attempt was made to enter the US illegally.

The men’s boat capsized during the coastal breach around 12:45 p.m., a spokesman for customs and border protection confirmed by email. It was not immediately clear how many people were on board the ship.

Lifeguards, members of the US Coast Guard and a CBP Air and Marine Operations agent were all involved in the attempt to get the group out of the water. Video from OnScene TV shows authorities helping two men on the beach.

That included a person struggling to grab a board pulled from a rescuer’s small watercraft as it bobbed in the crashing waves. Finally, the man climbed aboard and was taken to land, video showed.

Elsewhere on the beach, lifeguards have resuscitated a man on the sand. A resident told OnScene TV that he came to the beach with his fishing rod and a flashlight after hearing the clamor, and that he saw the man lying on the sand by the water. He warned rescuers, who came to the rescue.

Despite the best efforts of lifeguards, the man was pronounced dead at the scene, a San Diego Fire Department spokesman said by telephone. The other two and a third man who were able to land on their own were all taken to a local hospital. It made a total of four people known to rescuers.

A helicopter flew over the sea, shining a spotlight on the crashing surf, and lifeguards searched the water by boat and watercraft in case there were others in the ocean. According to OnScene TV, the search lasted about five hours before officials called it quits.

A small fishing boat, also known as a panga, washed up on the shore at some point during the rescue attempt. It was upside down on the beach and videos showed immigration officials taking pictures of it.

“At this point, all indications are that this was an attempt to enter the US illegally at sea, but the CBP has no additional information about the nationalities (of the group),” the agency spokesperson wrote.

Later that same morning, the CBP said they stopped a boat off the coast of Point Loma and found 15 people on board, “all of whom were trying to enter the US illegally”. They were handed over to the US Border Patrol.

On Monday, two people were injured when a watercraft crashed into rocks at Cabrillo National Monument. The couple was also suspected of attempting to enter the US illegally, according to the Dutch DPA.

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