Boat flips in surf at Torrey Pines, killing one and injuring others


One person was killed and several others injured when a heavily-loaded 20-foot fishing boat, carrying 23 people, beached at Torrey Pines State Beach Saturday, authorities said.

San Diego police were called to the accident in the surf, near the

bottom of the grade on Torrey Pines Road, at about 4:30 a.m., said Sgt. Ray Battrick.

A man and a woman were given CPR and taken to a hospital in serious

condition, said San Diego Fire Department spokesman Maurice Luque. Four more people were also taken to hospital with moderate injuries, Luque said.

Hypothermia was a concern, he said, adding that the water temperature

was about 56 degrees Fahrenheit.

Border Patrol agents took 10 people into custody, he said.

Authorities were searching the area, including the water, for the other seven people, he said. By late Saturday night, television reports indicated no other survivors had been found.

Everyone on the boat was believed to be adults in their 20s or 30s, he


More than 100 personnel from eight federal and local agencies were at

the scene, he said.

Barrels of fuel and water surfaced, but no drugs, as initially reported by a videographer at the scene. It was a human smuggling operation, Luque said.