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Thu May 6, 2021, 01:21 AM

Federal charges filed against alleged boat captain in deadly smuggling wreck

Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

A man accused of piloting the boat that broke up on the rocks of Point Loma in a deadly human smuggling attempt has been charged in San Diego federal court, according to a complaint filed Wednesday.

Antonio Hurtado faces charges of attempting to bring in undocumented migrants at a place other than a port of entry and assault on a federal officer, both felonies.

According to the complaint, several of the 29 survivors identified Hurtado in a photo lineup as the captain of the 40-foot trawler-style boat that ran aground about 50 feet offshore and broke apart on the rocks below Cabrillo National Monument mid-morning Sunday. Many families visiting the iconic lighthouse and tide pools watched the horror unfold, and some bystanders joined the massive rescue effort.

Three passengers suffered blunt-force injuries and drowned — Victor Perez Degollado, 29; Maria Eugenia Chavez Segovia, 41; and Maricela Hernandez Sanchez, 35. All were from Mexico, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Read more: https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/courts/story/2021-05-05/federal-charges-filed-against-alleged-boat-captain-in-deadly-smuggling-wreck

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Thu May 6, 2021, 01:29 AM

1. Tragic all around ... very sad ... not sure the Captain is entirely to blame though, just saying nt

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Thu May 6, 2021, 06:19 AM

2. to think how desperate people are, to take these kind of risks

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