Captain James Spitler, from the U.S. Coast Guard, speaks to members of the media after two fishing boats capsized off the coast of San Diego, California, U.S. March 12, 2023. REUTERS/Sandy Huffaker

Eight Dead After Two Boats Capsize Near San Diego

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March 12, 2023

March 12 (Reuters) – At least eight people have died after two fishing boats capsized off the coast of San Diego, California, emergency officials said on Sunday.

San Diego Fire-Rescue said in a statement that a search and recovery operation began late Saturday night, when the department received calls about fishing boats in distress off the coast of San Diego’s Black’s Beach.

A 911 caller said she had been on a fishing boat with eight people that had made it to shore, but that there was another boat with 8 to 10 people aboard that had capsized, the statement said.

Emergency crews from agencies including the fire department, San Diego Police, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Coast Guard responded to the scene and found two overturned panga fishing boats and lifeless bodies spread over an area of about 400 yards (366 meters). 

Crews found eight people dead, and some agencies were still undergoing a search operation on Sunday morning, the statement said. 

Authorities were expected to give an update on the incident later on Sunday. 

(Reporting by Rami Ayyub and Gabriella Borter; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Bill Berkrot)

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