Two drown after panga boat capsizes off coast of Imperial Beach in San Diego County


Two people drowned Saturday after a panga boat capsized off the coast of Imperial Beach in San Diego County, authorities said.

The sinking vessel was reported about 6:10 a.m. in the waters near Seacoast Drive and Cortez Avenue.

At least 10 people were thought to be on the boat, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said. Surfers who were in the area at the time helped pull seven individuals to shore.


The U.S. Coast Guard, San Diego County lifeguards, sheriff’s deputies and the U.S. Border Patrol searched for one person reported missing, sheriff’s officials said.

Little information was released about the people aboard the boat, including whether they were thought to be in the country illegally. The two victims were not identified.

City News Service contributed to this report.