The ship succumbed when trying to enter the U.S. coast without documentation
LOS ANGELES-Of the 28 survivors who attempted to enter the wreckage of undocumented immigrants off the coast of California, 26 were Mexican nationals and were reported by the Federal Agency for Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
A group of more than 30 people succumbed to weather conditions on Sunday morning on a boat near the Point Loma Tide Pools at Cabrillo National Monument and less than 20 nautical miles from the Mexican border .
According to the San Diego Fire and Rescue Department, lifeguards, coast guards and other agencies responded to a ship that capsized in the waves near the rocky peninsula at the aforementioned location around 10:00 am.
San Diego lifeguard lieutenant Rick Romero said that seven people were rescued from the waves and three of them were drowned. He told the Associated Press that one person was found on the cliff and another 22 people climbed the cliff alone.
“Once we arrived at the site, the ship basically failed. He said: “The conditions here are very bad: 5 to 6 feet (1.80 meters) uplift, strong wind, and cold. “
Authorities pointed out that the group was stuffed into a 40-foot-long cabin cruiser, which was larger than the typical open-top wooden boat that smugglers often use to smuggle people from Mexico to the United States.
It is also known that among the 28 survivors, a 15-year-old teenager traveled alone, of which 21 men and 6 women were between 18 and 39 years old.
As a result of these incidents, the Department of Foreign Relations stated that Mexicans are being handed over to US immigration authorities to return to their country.