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    Maritime Smuggling Results in Death

    Maritime Smuggling Results in Death



    Release Date: February 3, 2020



    IMPERAL BEACH, Calif.—A San Diego area smuggling event led to the death of one person and put another individual in grave condition on Monday due to unusually high surf and cold winter weather.


    “We are saddened by the loss of life,” stated U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Aaron M. Heitke. “The smuggling of humans puts its victims in dangerous and harsh conditions and maritime smuggling is especially dangerous, as we saw in this incident.”


    At approximately 2:30 a.m., Joint Harbor Operation Center (JHOC) operators observed a suspicious vessel traveling north off the Imperial Beach coast and requested the USBP, the United States Coast Guard (USCG), and Air and Marine Operations (AMO) to respond to the area.


    As USBP, AMO, and USCG responded, JHOC informed them that the boat appeared dead in the water before capsizing. In addition, JHOC witnessed two people enter the cold and stormy ocean.







    A capsized boat involved in maritime smuggling that led to one death and another in grave condition.
    AMO arrived on scene in the Coastal Interceptor Vessel to find that the distressed vessel, an open-platform Bayliner style, had overturned in the high surf and that the passengers were being assisted by other responding components along the shoreline. AMO Marine Interdiction Agents stayed on scene, just outside the surf line, to assist with look out and provide additional lighting.


    Chief Patrol Agent Aaron M. Heitke explained, “Smugglers often overcrowd small, open vessels, and in the cases where personal floatation devices are provided, they are often unsafe and insufficient. Sea conditions, visibility, and weather are not important considerations to smugglers as they place an emphasis on profit over their victims’ safety.”


    On shore, USBP agents found the capsized boat and seven people nearby, with two in need of life-saving measures. Agents aided all seven and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the two men who were in a critical state until emergency medical services (EMS) arrived.


    The two men were transported by EMS to an area hospital where one, a 62-year-old Mexican national, was pronounced dead upon arrival. The second individual, a 44-year-old Mexican national, is in grave condition and is being treated for life-threatening injuries.


    “The perils associated with maritime smuggling cannot possibly be overstated. Today, the careless actions of those responsible for directing covert smuggling efforts resulted in the tragic loss of life,” said Timothy Sutherland Director of Air and Marine Operations in San Diego. “Any loss of life is both tragic and unacceptable, particularly because it was avoidable. This is yet another sobering moment that reminds us of the price so many victims have paid.”


    The five remaining individuals were determined to be Mexican national men ranging from 22 to 51 years of age. They were all illegally present in the U.S. and were transported to a nearby USBP station for processing.


    Chief Heitke added, “I’m proud of all the agents involved and their diligent, lifesaving efforts.”


    The captain of the boat, a 51-year-old man, will remain in Federal custody facing criminal charges. The boat was seized by AMO.



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    Hand them over to Mexican EMT's and get them off our soil.
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    Second man dies after smuggling boat capsized in Imperial Beach

    [Seven people were onboard this suspected smuggling boat when it capsized off the coast of Imperial Beach early Monday. Two men died.
    (U.S. Border Patrol )

    The 44-year-old man initially was reported in grave condition but succumbed to his injuries Tuesday afternoon

    By KAREN KUCHER
    FEB. 5, 2020 2:21 PM

    IMPERIAL BEACH —A second man has died after a suspected smuggling boat carrying seven people capsized in high surf early Monday off the coast of Imperial Beach.

    The 44-year-old man initially was reported in grave condition but succumbed to his injuries Tuesday afternoon in a hospital, Border Patrol officials said.


    On Monday, a 62-year-old man who had been aboard the boat was pronounced dead at the hospital. All seven people on the boat were Mexican nationals who had entered the country without authorization, officials said.


    Due to the grave medical condition of the second man, members of the Border Patrol’s international liaison unit and its foreign operations branch had coordinated with the Mexican consulate to try to bring a family member to be at the man’s side. The family member met with a consulate representative at the hospital early Tuesday evening and confirmed the identity of the dead man, a Border Patrol statement said.


    “Maritime smuggling is extremely dangerous and smugglers place an emphasis on monetary gain over victim safety,” San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke said in a statement. “I commend all those involved who did everything they could in an attempt to save these victims’ lives.”

    Federal officers had spotted the boat, a 19-foot Bayliner, heading north off the coast of Imperial Beach around 2:30 a.m. The boat appeared to have engine problems and at least two people were seen getting into the water and beginning to swim toward shore. A short time later, the vessel capsized in heavy surf.


    Border Patrol, Coast Guard and Air and Marine Operations personnel responded and found seven people on the beach, north of the Imperial Beach pier, ranging in age from 22 to 62.


    The boat was seized and the boat’s captain, a 51-year-old man, will face smuggling charges. The other four passengers were processed for entering the country illegally.


    The names of the men who died were not immediately released.

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