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Fifth immigrant-filled boat in a week intercepted off San Diego County coast

April 15, 2010 |  6:42 pm

Federal authorities intercepted another immigrant-filled boat Thursday morning off the San Diego County coast, the fifth maritime smuggling attempt foiled in the last week.

U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended eight suspected illegal immigrants as they came ashore on Swami’s Beach in Encinitas. The seven men and one woman were aboard a small panga boat.

A total of 56 immigrants and suspected smugglers have been arrested since April 9, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

-- Richard Marosi reporting from San Diego