Coast Guard rescued 18 migrants including two children stranded on

Coast Guard rescued 18 migrants, including two children, stranded on the California coast for 5 days without food

The Southern California Coast Guard (USCG) used a helicopter to rescue the two minors.

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The The US Coast Guard rescued 18 migrants, including two children under the age of 5, who had been stranded in open water without food or water for at least five days.

The Southern California Coast Guard (USCG) branch used a helicopter to rescue the two children, a 4-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl, and five adults from the disabled boat found floating about 16 miles off the coast of Baja California. at 4pm. on Wednesday, the agency reported.

A Mexican Navy ship rescued the remaining 11 passengers.

The stranded “suspected migrants” told the Coast Guard they had been without food or water for five days.

The passengers also suffered from overexposure to the sun and at least three were taken to San Diego hospitalsNBC reported.

USCG spokesman Adam Stanton said rough seas and cold waves were spilling over the sides of the speedboat, which was overloaded with people and no longer had a working engine. The ship was filling with water, but she still wasn’t sinking.

All 18 passengers were wearing life jackets. Authorities do not believe any other passengers were lost in the ocean, ABC said.

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