San Diego lifeguards initially got a report of a boat that appeared to be in trouble about 10 a.m. They were told the boat was drifting toward the shoreline, with one person on board, officials said.
It turned out the 40-foot cabin cruiser was packed with dozens of people. A breakdown of their ages, genders and nationalities was not immediately available.
By the time lifeguards arrived at the rocky peninsula, the boat had crashed and broken apart near the Cabrillo National Monument. Some people made it to shore, while others were caught in a rip current.
“Conditions were pretty rough — 5 to 6 feet of surf, windy, cold, the water is around 60 degrees,” San Diego lifeguard Lt. Rick Romero said.