San Diego Fire Department spokeswoman Monica Munoz told CNN that she had received reports of a ship that overturned near the Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma at around 10:27 a.m. (1:27 p.m. ET).
The department said more than 20 people were transported to local hospitals, “including the Sharp Memorial, Palomar Medical Center West, Alvarado, UCSD Medical Center (Hillcrest), Grossmont Hospital, Kaiser Clairemont Mesa, and Kaiser Zion the Paradise Valley Hospital. “
A tweet from the department said lifeguards and several authorities rescued 25 people from the water on Sunday, but the department later said 27 people were rescued. It was not clear whether this sum included the three deceased.
Munoz said most of those rushed to hospitals were “non-emergent,” but three people were “in a somewhat to very urgent condition.”
Initially, Munoz said that the local fire department had learned from the local units that there were 22 people on board the ship.
The department said they “will not receive any updates on the status of patients due to data protection laws”.
The SDFD tweet said federal agencies are still searching the water “on ships and airplanes”.
The fire department said several federal agencies are helping in the incident.
On the incident page, the department said, “SDFD firefighters and lifeguards worked with Federal Fire, the US Coast Guard and other local authorities on this incident.”
According to the SDFD incident page, U.S. Customs and Border Protection air support is also helping with the rescue.
The department said a press conference on the incident was scheduled for 3:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. ET) with multiple agencies.
San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria tweeted for “San Diegans to keep the boat’s passengers in their prayers.”