Collision may have killed 3 on yacht off San Diego Coast
A yacht involved in a race off the coast of California and Mexico apparently collided at night with a much larger vessel, leaving three crew members dead and one missing, a sailing organization said early Sunday. It was the state's second ocean racing tragedy this month.
The 37-foot Aegean carrying a crew of four was reported missing Saturday during a 125-mile Newport Beach, Calif. to Ensenada, Mexico yacht race, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
The Newport Ocean Sailing Association, the race organizer, said the accident occurred late Friday or early Saturday several miles off the coast near the ocean border of the two countries.
"It appeared the damage was not inflicted by an explosion but by a collision with a ship much larger than the 37-foot vessel," association spokesman Rich Roberts said in a news release early Sunday.
Race officials believe there are few other possibilities for what caused the accident, Roberts later told The Associated Press, speaking by phone from Ensenada. www.theeagle.com/...
Fourteen illegal immigrants discovered in a disabled boat off Sunset Cliffs
SAN DIEGO — Several suspected illegal immigrants were discovered in a disabled boat off Sunset Cliffs early Tuesday.
The panga, which had 14 people onboard, was spotted in the surf line about 6:20 a.m., lifeguard Lt. Andy Lerum said.
A person called to say the boat appeared to be in distress and needed assistance, Lerum said.
Lifeguards towed the vessel to safety away from the shoreline and notified Border Patrol and San Diego police.
The boat was towed to lifeguard headquarters on Quivera Court in Mission Beach where officials were waiting.
A Border Patrol spokesman said there were 11 men and 3 women on the boat. Source: www.signonsandieg...
San Diego's new cruise ship terminal is open for business.
The Holland America Rotterdam docked at the Port Pavilion Wednesday, capping a 30-day cruise to the French Polynesia and Hawaiian islands.
A sour economy forced the San Diego Unified Port District to scale back from more ambitious expansion plans, but the $28 million terminal addresses complaints that the adjacent main terminal was outdated.
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The public on Saturday will get its first up-close look at the new $28 million cruise ship terminal at Broadway Pier, which is being transformed into an old-fashioned amusement park to commemorate the Port Pavilion. The 52,000-square-foot facility is designed to do double duty as both an auxiliary cruise ship terminal and a public events space.
The San Diego Unified Port District pushed for the new terminal, saying it was needed to attract more cruise business while augmenting the existing terminal at the B Street Pier.
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