Fishing boat slams into rocks, breaks apart with 25 people on board

The boat fell apart after hitting rocks in shallow waters off San Diego; at least three people have died.
2:11 | 05/02/21

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Transcript for Fishing boat slams into rocks, breaks apart with 25 people on board
We begin tonight with breaking news as we come on the air a boat with at least thirty people on board capsized and then getting stuck in a shallow surf. The boat was then caught up in a rip tide slamming into rocks and breaking up off the coast of San Diego. The boat Terri in to pieces people thrown into the water and onto jagged rocks. At least three people are dead at least two dozen taken to the hospital. Victims were brought to a sheer for treatment first responders rescuing people from the water the boat and of the rocky shoreline. Several victims given CPR at the scene authorities are now investigating this as a human smuggling operation. ABC's will car and leads us off with the latest. It was a desperate attempt to save lives up the coast of San Diego. Airport forty triarc. Water around thirty people were tossed into the chilly waters after their boat capsized at least three drowned. They're vessel destroyed pieces seen floating along the rugged shore. Every indication from our perspective that this with a smuggling vessel is smuggled migrants in the United States legally are not. Give up Sunday and US Border Patrol on the scene tonight taking some of the survivors into custody outside the hospital. Probably about their buck up and. Nearly 101 responders raced to the scene 11 pier several teams performing chest impressions in administering oxygen. By victims needed CPR. This Coast Guard helicopters swooping in to rescue those in the water wrapping them in blankets. Getting them on dry land. While some were able to walk others were taken away on stretchers. Ambulances transporting them to local hospitals. Harbor patrol using boats and jet skis searching the open waters for other survivors. Throughout the afternoon waves continue to carry ports of the boat to shore. The staging areas set up along the rocks to catalog the wreckage. Just so much wreckage will Carr joins us now from Long Beach, California and will US Border Patrol is still investigating where the people were coming from. That's right Lindsay there at the hospital right now interviewing some of those survivors trying to figure out exactly where they came from and what led to this tragedy went. Will things you.

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