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Suspected illegal immigrants detained after boat crashes in O.C.

September 18, 2012 | 12:34 pm

A half dozen suspected illegal immigrants were detained this week after crashing their boat onto the beach in San Clemente.

Witnesses up on the bluffs in San Clemente noticed a boat racing toward shore around noon Monday.

They said they saw people jump out and begin running, only to be chased down by authorities.

Tyler Rooke captured the entire incident on his cellphone camera.

The video shows people jumping out onto the beach after the boat made a hard landing. There were seven or eight people aboard, authorities said.

"All the sudden, we see a boat coming close to shore and it just so happened there was a set of waves coming through too," Rooke recalled.

"We thought he was riding it and then he all the sudden just beached the boat and then waves just started annihilating the boat. Bodies were just running out left and right."

One of the men was injured and was unable to leave. A woman who at first ran from the boat returned and stood by the injured man.

Lifeguards first arrived, followed by Orange County sheriff's deputies, who began chasing the fleeing men, Rooke said.

Amber Cargile, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said several people were detained and that it appeared to be a professional smuggling operation.


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