At least 8 dead in panga boat crash near San Diego beach

Xavier Roger


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At least eight people were killed when two small boats capsized near a San Diego beach, authorities said Sunday.

San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesperson Mónica Muñoz said in a statement the department communications center received a 911 call at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday from a woman who said she was on a panga boat with 15 people aboard that made it to the shore at Blacks Beach. The caller said another panga – relatively small fishing boats with outboard motors – had capsized with eight people aboard and victims were in the water, Muñoz said.

Lifeguard teams, unable to immediately access the beach because of high tide, waded through water up to waste deep before reaching two overturned pangas and bodies scattered over 400 yards of beach an surf, Muñoz said. 


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