Border Patrol officers with migrants
Border Patrol officers with two of the rescued migrants. Courtesy OnScene.TV

One migrant died, but San Diego Lifeguards were able to rescue 10 others Thursday morning after a panga boat foundered in rough water off La Jolla.

San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesperson Mónica Muñoz said the Border Patrol alerted lifeguards at 5:30 a.m. that there were people in the water near the end of Marine Street.

A boat with four lifeguards was dispatched while other lifeguards and ambulances responded to the scene. Eight of the survivors required hospitalization.

The stricken panga boat eventually landed at Wipeout Beach. One person was found submerged in the water nearby. Lifeguards performed CPR, but the person was pronounced dead at the scene.

In addition to the 10 migrants who were rescued, five others were taken into custody, authorities said.

The Border Patrol has reported an increase in maritime smuggling incidents since the border wall was rebuilt in the San Diego area.

Earlier this month three migrants died when an overloaded panga boat capsized off Point Loma.

Updated at 10:15 a.m., Thursday, May 20, 2021

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.