At least three people have been dead after a boat carrying migrants to the United States sank

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source: .usatoday.com

Seven people were rescued from the sea, including three drownings. One man was rescued from the mountain, and 22 others pushed him ashore

At least three people died. More than 20 had to be transferred to hospitals after a boat that was apparently used to transport undocumented immigrants sank this Sunday off the coast of San Diego, in southern California (USA). Reported the authorities.

The accident occurred Sunday morning off San Diego, and everyone aboard the 40-foot vessel jumped into the water as the ship slowly disintegrated, eyewitness videos showed.

Jeffrey Stephenson of Customs and Border Protection of Public Affairs told reporters it was a smuggling ship. There were possible immigrants on board who were trying to enter the United States illegally, and "Border Patrol Agents are with a man we believe was the operator.

He said that smugglers do not care about the people they are exploiting.

The only thing that matters to them is profit. They had inadequate safety equipment, and the boat was obviously under heavy load.

San Diego Fire and Rescue Department spokesman Jose Ysea said 27 people were taken to hospitals with varying degrees of injuries.

San Diego Chief Rescue James Gartland said rescue workers rescued seven calves from the water and one from a hill.

The crash comes as the United States faces a massive influx of undocumented immigrants on its southern border.

Officials and immigrants say rising poverty and violence in Central America, as well as President Joe Biden's promise of a more humane immigration policy, triggered the exodus.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Friday it was stepping up patrols off the coast of San Diego over the weekend to stop migrant trafficking routes.

"We've seen a dramatic increase in the number of piracy attempts recently," said Aaron Heitke, chief agent for the San Diego sector of the U.S. Border Patrol.

All these illegal routes in the sea are naturally dangerous and we have had to go through a lot of people dangerous and tragic because smugglers sacrifice the safety of those on board for profit. "

On Thursday, border officials intercepted a Panga-like ship that was traveling without headlights. Staff detained 15 men and six women.

All these illegal routes in the sea are naturally dangerous and we have had to go through a lot of people dangerous and tragic because smugglers sacrifice the safety of those on board for profit. "

On Thursday, border officials intercepted a Panga-like ship that was traveling without headlights. Staff detained 15 men and six women.

According to a statement issued by Customs and Border Protection, agents determined that they were all Mexican citizens without legal status to enter the United States. The two men on board, the doubted smuggler, will bear charges.

Border Patrol said Friday that law enforcement will step up operations this weekend to crack down on smuggling from the San Diego coast.

As hot weather hits San Diego, there is a misconception that it will make illegal boundaries safer and easier, the agency said in a statement.

In early March, 200 miles east of San Diego, a pickup truck full of refugees collided with a trailer truck in the agricultural community of Holtville, California. The crash killed 13 of the 25 people on the 1997 Ford Expedition, including the driver, in the deadliest crash in US history.