1 man died, 3 rescued from capsized panga found near Ocean Beach

Three men were rescued and one was found dead after an alleged smuggling boat capsized near the Ocean Beach pier early Sunday morning.

The first to respond were called around 12:45 p.m. after the 30-foot-long overturned panga was found, said Lieutenant Ric Stell of the San Diego Lifeguard Service.

Lifeguards searched the water and shore with the help of two helicopters, one from the U.S. Coast Guard and one from the San Diego Fire Department, Stell said. Video from OnScene TV shows a lifeguard on a personal boat falling into the waves as a man in a life jacket pulls onto a rescue float behind the boat.

The U.S. Border Patrol was also present at the scene, as panga boats are often used to transport undocumented migrants from Mexican waters to the United States. Pangas are low-boat boats equipped with outboard engines – sometimes used as fishing boats – that are preferred by some smugglers because their low profile often allows them to slip unnoticed as they cross the border.

Tekae Michael, acting Special Operations Officer for the San Diego Border Patrol, said no one had been detained. He said the nationalities of the men found by the first correspondents had not been determined.

He said Border Patrol agents are responding to pangas on a daily basis.

Two men were rescued from the water, one near the pier and one closer to the parking lot than Dog Beach, Stell said. Another man managed to reach the shore near the parking lot. All three were taken to hospital in stable condition, Stell said.

Footage from OnScene TV shows one of the men standing with his hands on his knees and coughing water.

The man who died was also found near Dog beach. A man fishing on the beach told OnScene TV that he located the man’s body and alerted lifeguards.

The search went on longer than usual, Stell said, because of the amount of water they had to cover. Surfing was particularly high, making conditions dangerous for boats like the one men were traveling on.

“There was occasional surfing outside the pier,” Stell recalls.

The total number of people on board when it capsized is unknown.

The U.S. Coast Guard was still searching for more of the boat’s passengers after Sunday afternoon with a helicopter and a cutter, according to spokesman Adam Stanton.

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