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2 dead, 3 rescued from waters off San Diego County in apparent smuggling incident

Two people died Saturday morning in what authorities suspect was a smuggling event involving a panga boat off the coast of Imperial Beach in San Diego County, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Around 6 a.m., three people, including two minors, were rescued, CBP spokesperson Angel Moreno confirmed to KTLA sister station KSWB.

Surfers, the United States Coast Guard, lifeguards and paramedics assisted in the rescue.

Four others were detained at the scene.

Video from an independent video journalist showed an overturned boat floating offshore.

One person was still believed to be missing, Moreno said, and Coast Guard crews continued to search the area.

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