Authorities believe the 40-foot cabin cruiser was being used in a "suspected human smuggling operation", AP notes.
"Every indication from our perspective was this was a smuggling vessel".
Border Patrol agent Jeff Stephenson said the captain of the boat was in custody and speaking with investigators. Smugglers typically face federal charges and those being smuggled are usually deported.
Wreckage from a capsized boat washes ashore at Cabrillo National Monument near where a boat capsized off the San Diego coast Sunday.
"It is very rocky over there, and the waves, while they weren't too high, they looked pretty strong" - enough to slam a boat into the rocks, he said.
Weather conditions, which caused the boat to break apart, also hindered the rescue efforts, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation.
Authorities said they assume the journey was "illegal migration".
Among the rescuers who jumped into action was a good Samaritan: a Navy sailor who was in the area with his family, Romero said.
San Diego is about 15 miles from the U.S-Mexico border, said Campbell, and officials told CNN that smugglers frequently attempt to blend in with the shipping traffic along the coast there.
On Thursday, border officials intercepted a panga-type vessel travelling without navigation lights 11 miles off the coast of Point Loma with 21 people on board.
About 93 personnel from San Diego firefighters and lifeguards, federal firefighters, the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection responded to the incident and it wasn't immediately known if people were still stranded in the water. Among the group were two suspected smugglers, officials said.
Border Patrol on Friday said law enforcement officials would be ramping up operations to disrupt maritime smuggling off the coast of San Diego this weekend.
New community COVID-19 cases confirmed
In Perth on Saturday authorities confirmed a hotel security guard and his two roommates tested positive to Covid-19. He developed some COVID-19 symptoms that evening, which he thought were related to his Pfizer vaccine days earlier.
What we know of Mario Gonzalez's death, pinned down by police
As the Chronicle reports , Gonzalez's family is demanding an investigation into the incident, and several are already underway. The Alameda County Sheriff's Department and Alameda County District Attorney's Office opened separate criminal investigations.
KDVR reported that the booking video appears to show three officers watching the bodycam footage of Karen Garner's arrest. The report said a female officer said she hated watching the video and one of the men laughed, and said, "I love it".
Last week Premier Doug Ford said his government is working on a sick benefits plan but did not commit to any timeframe. The federal program Ford is trying to supplement provides workers with $450 a week after tax.
A "supermoon" occurs when we have a full moon at the same time the moon is closer to the Earth on its elliptical orbit. As a result of its close proximity to Earth, a super moon is bigger and brighter than an average full moon.
More than 150 overseas-acquired cases have been reported across the country in the past week, many from India. A wreath lies on the coffin of a Covid-19 victim prior to cremation in Jammu, northern India.
Of those patients, 875 are being treated in intensive care units and 589 are breathing with the assistance of a ventilator. Since COVID-19 vacccines starting rolling out in Ontario, almost 4.9 million people have recieved at least one dose.
Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist warns against an estate tax increase as small businesses may be targeted. However, in the long-term, stocks have trended higher six months after previous capital gains tax hikes, Goldman said .
Plusieurs pays ont annoncé qu'ils allaient lui porter une aide d'urgence, ainsi que l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS). Ce vaste pays d'Asie n'arrive plus à contenir cette flambée épidémique notamment après l'apparition du variant indien .
Formal start of final phase of Afghan pullout by US, NATO
Under the US-Taliban pact signed in Doha, Qatar, the US agreed to withdraw all its soldiers from Afghanistan in 14 months. On Friday, a huge blast in eastern Logar killed dozens as they broke their fast during the holy Islamic month of Ramadan.