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2 dead in a possible smuggling operation

At least two people have died and 27 were hospitalized when a boat overturned on Sunday off the coast of San Diegocoast, firefighters said.

The U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies responded around 10:30 a.m. to the Cabrillo National Monument following reports of a ship overturned near the Point Loma Peninsula, according to the San Diego Fire Department.

They rescued 25 people during a “multi-wounded medical” incident, SDFD said on twitter, although they later said in a statement that 24 people were pulled from the water. At least five of them were in “CPR status,” meaning they were having trouble breathing, spokesman Jose Ysea told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

“It’s very rocky out there, and the waves, although they weren’t too high, looked pretty strong,” he told the newspaper, adding that the boat may have been crashed into the rocks.

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