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2 Dead, 8 Hurt After Sailboat Capsizes Off San Diego

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — A sailboat with 10 people aboard capsized and sank Sunday in San Diego Bay, leaving two men drowned and eight people injured, authorities said.

The boat flipped over for reasons that remained unclear near Shelter Island shortly after 5 p.m., sending all passengers into the water, San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesman Maurice Luque said.

Harbor police pulled all 10 from the water and took them to a boat dock where some 60 firefighters and paramedics were waiting.

Two men in their 50s or 60s were declared dead at the scene and the other eight were taken to local hospitals. Two children were released from the hospital after being treated briefly.

Luque sad none of the injuries were life-threatening or critical.

One woman was being treated in intensive care at UCSD Medical Center for hypothermia, said Marguerite Elicone, a spokeswoman for the Port of San Diego, which includes the Harbor Police.

Most of those on board were members of an Asian family, and investigators had to bring in translators to speak to them, Luque said. He did not know what language they spoke. No victims’ names were immediately released.

Harbor Police officers were at the 25-foot boat within five minutes after a Navy vessel reported the boat capsized, Elicone said.

“They were pulling people out of the water. There were also civilians assisting in pulling people out of the water,” she said.

No other vessels were involved, Elicone said. There were several witnesses but the spokeswoman said she didn’t know what they saw.

Divers had searched the sunken wreckage for any additional victims.

“We are confident that everyone is accounted for,” Luque said.

Harbor police were leading the investigation into the cause. The U.S. Coast Guard also responded to the scene.

Phone messages left for the Coast Guard were not immediately returned.

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