Coast Guard rescues 18 migrants stranded in Cali ocean

The Coast Guard rescued 18 migrants – including two children under the age of 5 – who were stranded in open water without food or water for at least five days.

The Southern California Coast Guard branch used a helicopter to airlift the two children, a 4-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl, and five adults out of the disabled boat found floating about 16 miles offshore from the Baja California coast at 4 p.m. Wednesday, the agency said.

A Mexican Navy vessel rescued the remaining 11 passengers.

There were two children under five on the boat.

Migrants disembark from the helicopter.

The boat’s engine had died and was overloaded with passengers.

Migrants move indoors to warm up.

Some migrants were rescued by helicopter and others by a Mexican boat.

A map of where the migrants were found.
The migrants were found about 16 miles off the California coast.
USCG Southern California

The stranded “suspected migrants” told the coast guard they had been without food or water for five days.

The passengers were also suffering from overexposure to the sun and at least three of them were taken to hospitals in San Diego, NBC reported.

USCG spokesman Adam Stanton said rough seas and cold spells were pouring over the sides of the motorboat, which was overloaded with people and no longer had a working engine. The ship was taking on water, but not yet sinking.

All 18 passengers were wearing life jackets. Authorities do not believe any other passengers were lost in the ocean, ABC said.

New York Post

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