AT LEAST three people have died and 27 have been hospitalized after a boat overturned in the water off San Diego.
Wreckage and debris from a capsized boat washes ashore at Cabrillo National Monument near where a boat capsized just off the San Diego coast[/caption]
People can be seen aboard the vessel[/caption]
Items from a boat sit on the shoreline at Cabrillo National Monument near where it capsized just off the San Diego coast[/caption]
The fire department said the victims were transported to local hospitals including Sharp Memorial, Palomar Medical Center West, Alvarado, UCSD Medical Center (Hillcrest), Grossmont Hospital, Kaiser Clairemont Mesa, Kaiser Zion and Paradise Valley Hospital.
Federal agencies are still searching the water using vessels and aircraft just after noon.
A U.S. Coast Guard boat goes past a sailboat during a search effort[/caption]
Debris could be seen floating around the capsized[/caption]
Michael Kramer, a boater who was biking in the Cabrillo area at the time, said inexperienced boaters often have difficulty navigating around Point Loma.
“This is a really tricky area sailing out of the San Diego Harbor and coming around the point here,” Kramer told NBC.
“There’s a lot of rogue waves and what not and there’s a shoal further on out. You really have to sail out about a mile to two miles before you hang a right and start going up the coast and people get into trouble all the time because they take it too close.”
San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria tweeted for “San Diegans to keep the boat’s passengers in your prayers.”
A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter flies over boats searching the area where the boat capsized[/caption]
The San Diego Fire Department responded to the scene[/caption]
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