8 dead after 2 boats crash off San Diego coast, officials say

At least eight people have died after two boats collided off the coast of San Diego, California on Sunday night, officials said.

The U.S. Coast Guard and other local agencies responded to a report of a collision between two vessels near Point Loma at around 10:30 p.m.

The Coast Guard said that two pleasure boats were involved in the crash and that of the eight people who were on board, only one was found alive. The survivor was taken to a nearby hospital and is currently in stable condition.

The identities of the victims have not been released, but they are believed to be adults.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesperson Monica Munoz said the crash was “horrific” and that the boats were “significantly damaged” after the collision.

The Coast Guard said it is working with multiple agencies to investigate the crash, including the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and the San Diego Lifeguard Service.

This is the second deadly boat crash off the California coast in the last month. In October, five people were killed after a boat capsized off the coast of Santa Cruz.

The Coast Guard is urging all boaters to be extra cautious and to always wear a life jacket. The agency also recommends that all boats be equipped with the proper safety equipment, such as flares and emergency beacons.