Eighteen people were rescued from a capsized motorboat about 16 miles southwest of San Diego in international waters near the U.S.-Mexico border, officials said. According to the US Coast Guard, the passengers on board the ship included at least two young children – a 2-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy.
The passengers reported being stranded and drifting at sea for five days before their rescue, a Coast Guard spokesman said in a statement to CBS News. The group told authorities they had no food or water.
The spokesman said the Coast Guard responded to a report Wednesday afternoon from someone on another vessel who saw a motorboat that appeared to be disabled with people on board that appeared to passers-by to be in an “active manner.” were trying to flag down”.
According to the spokesman, the helicopter crew arrived at the scene around 4 p.m., and took as many people as it could before returning to San Diego.
In all, the Coast Guard said it rescued seven people, including two children. The remaining 11 passengers were rescued by a Mexican Navy ship, according to the spokesman. Of the passengers rescued by the coast guard, three were “taken to hospital due to dehydration, hunger and cold”, the spokesman said, adding that all were in stable condition on Thursday.