“2 dead, 23 injured when suspected smuggling boat capsizes off coast of Point Loma” –San Diego Union-Tribune

Aerial view of the Port of San Diego with three cruise ships in Port, from Oct. 4, 2012. Port of San Diego photo

This is a story about an alien migrant smuggling attempt, but that they were not interdicted earlier, says something about our Maritime Domain Awareness.

Why did they get all the way to the Cabrillo National Monument at the tip of Point Loma without being interdicted?

San Diego is something of a special case in terms of Maritime Domain Awareness, in that the distance from the entrance to San Diego harbor, with its cruise ships and Major US Navy bases, where there are aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines, to the Mexican territorial sea is less than ten nautical miles.

Reportedly the law enforcement is beefing up its resources to interdict migrants, but let us not forget that terrorists can also make this trip in less than an hour, so we really need constant vigilance and a ready response.

2 thoughts on ““2 dead, 23 injured when suspected smuggling boat capsizes off coast of Point Loma” –San Diego Union-Tribune

  1. I hope this is a sad blessing in disguise. If this can’t ring the alarm bell of what the heck are we doing if we can let this happen nothing will without a worse body count. ;(

  2. News Release
    U.S. Coast Guard 11th District PA Detachment San Diego
    Contact: Coast Guard PA Detachment San Diego
    Office: (619) 278-7025
    After Hours: (619) 252-1304
    PA Detachment San Diego online newsroom

    Coast Guard, partner agencies respond to overturned vessel near Point Loma

    SAN DIEGO — The Coast Guard and partner agencies responded to an overturned vessel Sunday near the Point Loma Tide Pools in the Cabrillo National Monument.

    TowBoat U.S. contacted Coast Guard Sector San Diego command center watchstanders around 10 a.m., reporting a 40-foot trawler-style boat capsized on the rocks.

    Coast Guard Sector San Diego dispatched a Coast Guard Station San Diego 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew, a Sector San Diego MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and a Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento C-27 Spartan aircrew. The Coast Guard Cutters Blackfin, Haddock and Robert Ward were also diverted to the scene.

    San Diego Harbor Police, San Diego Fire-Rescue and SDFD Lifeguards, San Diego Fire Department, Border Patrol, Air and Marine Operations, Office of Field Operations, Homeland Security Investigations and National Park Service assisted in the rescue.

    Twenty-nine people have reportedly been accounted for, consisting of twenty-four people alive, four people declared deceased by local emergency medical services personnel and one person who was last reported to be in critical condition.

    The Blackfin’s crew is scheduled to continue searching through the night.

    -USCG-

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