At least two people were dead and 23 were hospitalized when a boat overturned Sunday off the San Diegocoast, fire officials said .
The U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies responded around 10:30 a.m. to the Cabrillo National Monument following reports of an overturned vessel near the peninsula of Point Loma, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
They rescued 25 people in a “multi medical casualty” incident, SDFD said on Twitter. At least five of those were in “CPR status,” which means they were having trouble breathing, spokesman Jose Ysea told The San Diego Union-Tribune.
“It is very rocky over there, and the waves, while they weren’t too high, they looked pretty strong,” he told the paper, adding that the boat may have been slammed into the rocks.
Two people died at the scene, officials said in a statement, while 23 people were transported to local hospitals.
Federal agencies are still searching the water in vessels and aircraft. The incident occurred in federal water jurisdiction, reported KGTV.
The Cabrillo National Monument is a California Historical Landmark commemorating the first time a European expedition ever landed on what became the West Coast of the U.S.
The area has seen several boat incidents in recent years.
In July, an amphibious assault ship caught fire at Naval Base San Diego resulted in an onboard explosion that injured 63 people and filled the skies with dark smoke, according to officials.
And in August, another amphibious assault ship sank by San Clemente Island in the area, killing nine servicemen.
@SDLifeguards and SDFD firefighters at Cabrillo Monument on the overturned vessel incident. 24 persons were on board. Many patients transported to hospitals. @USCG Fed Fire & many other agencies assisting. pic.twitter.com/jGbfnaRbJh
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