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Illegal immigrants arrested after arriving on O.C. beach in boat

June 21, 2011 |  3:25 pm

The Border Patrol arrested two illegal immigrants after discovering an overturned panga probably used to smuggle people into the U.S., authorities said.

Life jackets and gas cans were found on the beach in Emerald Bay and no passengers were visible when the Coast Guard arrived at the scene last Thursday, Lt. Ana Thorsson told the Coastline Pilot.

According to Laguna Beach police, lifeguards reported a couple of possible occupants from the boat walking around the rocks at Pirate Cove and north Crescent Bay Beach.  Working with the Border Patrol, the Coast Guard and the Orange County Sheriff's Department, authorities made a 6-mile perimeter to search for the suspects.

The San Diego Coast Guard lent a helicopter to the search and the San Pedro unit used a 45-foot boat to search the sea.


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