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US Coast Guard Member Killed After Smugglers Ram Into Boat

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A US Coast Guard member was killed early this morning just off the coast of Malibu after a smuggler's panga rammed into a small federal boat during a chase.A Coast Guard patrol plane caught a panga and another boat running without lights around 1 am, according to City News Service. The USCG Cutter Halibut chased the boats and caught up with one and arrested two occupants on board. The Halibut lowered a smaller boat to chase after the second boat.

Coast Guard officials told CNS that this second boat reversed coarse and deliberately rammed into this smaller boat, throwing two Coast Guard members into the water. One suffered minor injuries, but Terrell Horne III of Redondo Beach was pronounced dead shortly after the rescue, according to the Associated Press. He suffered from traumatic head injuries.

"Our fallen shipmate stood the watch on the front lines protecting our nation, and we are all indebted to him for his service and sacrifice," said Admiral Robert J. Papp, Coast Guard Commandant, according to the AP.