Eight people are dead and seven are missing after a boat carrying recreational boaters capsized off the coast of San Diego on Sunday.
The U.S. Coast Guard said it was responding to a report of an overturned vessel near Point Loma in San Diego. The Coast Guard said it received a mayday call at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday and launched boats and helicopters to the scene.
Fifteen people were aboard the boat, and eight were found dead, according to the Coast Guard. Seven people are still missing.
“This is a tragic event,” Captain Stephen White, commander of Coast Guard Sector San Diego, said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by this incident.”
The Coast Guard said it is conducting a search and rescue operation for the seven missing people. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
The incident comes just weeks after a boat carrying recreational boaters capsized off the coast of Santa Cruz, California, resulting in the deaths of five people.
The tragedy underscores the importance of safety precautions when boating, especially in California's notoriously unpredictable waters. Boaters are encouraged to wear life jackets, check the weather before heading out, and stay aware of their surroundings at all times.