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US Coast Guard says 18 people rescued after five days stranded at sea

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Officials said 18 people were rescued after a wrecked motorboat was found on the high seas near the U.S.-Mexico border, about 16 miles southwest of San Diego. Passengers included at least two of her young children, a two-year-old girl and her four-year-old boy, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

A Coast Guard spokesperson said in a statement to CBS News that the passengers had been stranded and adrift for five days before being rescued.

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On November 23, 2022, 18 people were rescued from a wrecked motorboat. The U.S. Coast Guard has stationed a motorboat in international waters 16 miles southwest of San Diego.

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The Coast Guard responded Wednesday afternoon to a report from someone on another vessel who spotted a motorboat with people on board “actively trying to flag” passersby.

A helicopter crew arrived at the scene around 4 p.m. and loaded enough people into the helicopter before returning to San Diego, a spokesperson said.

In total, the Coast Guard said it rescued seven people, including two children. Her remaining 11 passengers were rescued by a Mexican Navy ship, a spokesperson said. Of the passengers rescued by the Coast Guard, three were taken to hospital “as a result of dehydration, hunger and cold,” a spokesperson said, adding that all were in stable condition on Thursday.

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