United States Border Patrol Chief Agent Aaron M. Heitke revealed in a briefing that the boating accident off the coast of San Diego is a "suspected maritime smuggling event."
Ongoing rescue efforts related to a suspected maritime smuggling event. https://t.co/ka1uqH4kbu— Chief Patrol Agent Aaron M. Heitke (@Chief Patrol Agent Aaron M. Heitke)1619985662.0
A boat capsized off the Point Loma Coast. Three people have been confirmed dead and 27 were injured.
"Michael Kramer, a boater who was biking in the Cabrillo area at the time, said inexperienced boaters often have difficulty navigating around Point Loma," said NBC 7 San Diego.
The man who was in charge of the help is suspected to be a smuggler but authorities said that the investigation into the incident is still "ongoing."
PHOTO: 2 people dead & more than 20 rescued after boat capsizes off the coast of Point Loma. #NBC7 https://t.co/iOcW0Ycppz— Omari Fleming (@Omari Fleming)1619986403.0
San Diego Fire and Rescue has an incident fact-sheet available on their site with the latest details.