CNN – At least three people are dead and nearly two dozen people are in the hospital after a suspected smuggling boat overturned off the coast of San Diego on Sunday morning.
The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department received reports of the shipwreck near the Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma around 10:27 a.m. [1:27 p.m. ET].
The boat reportedly hit a reef, broke up and 30 people “came out of the vessel,” said James Gartland, lifeguard chief for San Diego.
“This was a mass rescue operation that turned into a mass casualty incident,” Gartland said.