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1 Dead, 8 Injured off California Coast in Another Fatal Human Smuggling Attempt

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One person was killed and eight were injured Thursday in an apparent human smuggling attempt off San Diego’s La Jolla coast, authorities said.

Lifeguards rescued 10 people in what the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department called “rough water conditions,” including eight who were hospitalized. Some of the illegal migrants wore life vests.

One person who was found underwater was pronounced dead on the beach.

The fire department in a statement said it did not know how many people were aboard the boat.

Lifeguards were alerted that people were in the water around 5:30 a.m., minutes before sunrise.

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The boat was in waters near multimillion-dollar homes in an area that is popular with surfers, swimmers, walkers and runners.

The fire department said survivors were turned over to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Earlier this month, a recreational cabin cruiser overloaded with 32 people capsized off the San Diego coast, killing three people in a smuggling attempt.

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