Lifeguards search off Ocean Beach
San Diego Lifeguards search off Ocean Beach on Sunday morning. Courtesy OnScene.TV

One man died and three others were hospitalized Sunday when their panga boat carrying about 10 suspected migrants capsized near the Ocean Beach Pier, authorities said.

A Coast Guard helicopter spotted a possible body washed up near Dog Beach early Sunday and San Diego lifeguards found the body and performed CPR on the man, according to Coast Guard Petty Officer Adam Stanton. The man was declared dead at the scene.

All 10 suspected migrants were adult males, he said.

The three people who were rescued were taken to UC San Diego Medical Center for treatment.

The human smuggling incident was reported just after midnight, and the panga was found washed up on the beach.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has cited an increase in ocean smuggling attempts following improvements to the border wall.

Updated at 10:10 a.m., April 10, 2022

OnScene.TV and City News Service contributed to this article.

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