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Migrant boats crash off San Diego coast; 8 dead: Reports

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(NewsNation) — At least eight people are dead after two boats carrying migrants crashed off the coast of San Diego, according to multiple reports.

The boats crashed late Saturday night and thick fog made rescue efforts difficult but officials said eight bodies have been recovered so far.

Coast Guard and San Diego Fire and Rescue crews are continuing to search the water for additional victims or survivors of the crash. According to a 911 call, eight people may have made it ashore.

The LA Times reported an 800 foot debris field on Black Beach, also known as Torrey Pines State Beach. The land is jointly owned by San Diego and the state.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Eddie Berrios confirmed eight people died and teams were searching for at least seven more. He didn’t know what kind of boats they were, but said often panga style vessels come ashore there.

Border Patrol was notified of the incident.

This is a developing story.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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