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Admiral Karl Schultz, Commandant of the US Coast Guard speaks during a press conference in front of the Cutter Bertholf on September 10, 2020 in San Diego, California. - The crew seized more than 26,00 pounds of cocaine and marijuana from suspected drug smugglers in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. (Photo by SANDY HUFFAKER / AFP) (Photo by SANDY HUFFAKER/AFP via Getty Images)

A packed boat being used in a suspected human smuggling operation capsized and broke apart in powerful surf along the rocky San Diego coast. Three people were killed and more than two dozen were hurt. Lifeguards, the U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies responded around 10:30 a.m. Sunday following reports of an overturned vessel near the peninsula of Point Loma. Seven people were pulled from the waves, including three who drowned and were pronounced dead at the scene. One person was rescued from a cliff and 22 others managed to make it to shore on their own.