Eight killed after two boats capsize off California shore

Two fishing boats capsized off the coast of San Diego, California, on Sunday, leaving at least eight persons dead, according to rescue personnel.

San Diego fire rescue said in a statement that a search and recovery operation began late on Saturday night, when the department received calls about fishing boats in distress off the coast of San Diego’s Black’s Beach.

A 911 caller said she had been on a fishing boat with eight people that had made it to shore, but that there was another boat with eight to 10 people aboard that had capsized, the statement said.

Emergency crews from agencies including the fire department, San Diego Police, US Customs and Border Protection and the US Coast Guard responded to the scene and found two overturned panga fishing boats and lifeless bodies spread over an area of about 400 yards.

Crews found eight people dead, and some agencies were still undergoing a search operation on Sunday morning, the statement said. Authorities were expected to give an update on the incident later.

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