NEWPORT BEACH (AP) — More than a dozen suspected illegal immigrants were captured early Tuesday on a Southern California beach after a smuggling boat capsized in rough surf.

The boat was spotted landing at Crystal Cove State Park in Orange County at 5 a.m. Tuesday, said Virginia Kice, spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The boat capsized but all 15 adults aboard made it to the beach.

Federal agents captured 14 — one of whom was found hiding in brush — while one other escaped, Kice said. Of the 14, 11 are men and three are women.

They are being questioned to determine what role, if any, they had in planning the smuggling operation.

The capture follows the weekend rescue of 15 suspected illegal immigrants stranded on Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands northwest of Los Angeles. Ten others were detained in the Malibu area last month.

Authorities say smugglers have been turning to sea routes from Mexico into the U.S. because of increased enforcement on land.

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Comments (16)
  1. Joe says:

    We better get them to the welfare office to get there checks now.
    We don’t want to violate there rights.

  2. Rick says:

    Ah man, did their Hit Dog Cart sink?

    1. Rick says:

      That’s HOT DOG. My bad.

  3. bounce says:

    I’m surprised the officers were allowed to question their immigration status…

  4. kyle says:

    yeah joe go wait in line with them and get yours too with rick & bounce right behind you holding hands.

  5. ON THE REAL SIDE. says:

    cant believe theres a naval shipyard in san diego and these mexicans dont get caught till they are in los angles county. and it seem that the patrols simple get lucky when they catch them. osama should have played it smart…cut that long hair & beard, take off that dress.and throw on a backpack and some construction boots and he could have been living any where in south los angles, watching cnn of the lakers. OH ! AND GETTING THAT EBT CARD.

    1. Cherilynn says:

      Help, I’ve been informed and I can’t bcmoee ignorant.

  6. Rico says:

    Joe & Rick ur mom n dad come from Mex u talking about …

  7. Everyday Guy says:

    Imagine we once got brilliant German immigrants, Irish immigrants, and now trash.

  8. D Mustane says:

    Suspected… love it!

  9. Marty says:

    These people are not to smart. They should have just floated in at Santa Monica beach, nobody would have looked at them twice.

  10. Mike says:

    Send all their butts back where they came from….In fact, we should charge them for the ride.Better yet, we should have pushed the boat out to sea and let them all drowned!

  11. Jeff says:

    America is being conquered by these terrorists. Yes, terrorists. They violate US law the moment they cross our borders. They commit crimes, take away jobs, abuse the system and offer nothing in return. When is enough going to be enough? When are we going to take a real stand against the raping of our country? It’s going to be too late sooner than you think. In fact, it might well be already too late.

  12. Mark says:

    My uncle, who was one of the most successful businessmen in Iraq,had to wait 14 years to legally come here to be with my dad(his brother),and other family, despite being persecuted in Iraq for being a Christian. He was here for one year before dying due to diabetes comps. It angers me that my uncle,a PhD educated man who has so much to offer the US,had to wait for years to come here legally, while these no talent having criminals hop over like it’s going out of style

  13. JoeAmerica says:

    “IF IT’S BROWN, LET IT DROWN”! Bad enough we got to deal with the mexicans here and their 3rd world culture. Just go back and society will be better off, take your anchor babies with you too!

    1. Githa says:

      There are no words to describe how bdaocious this is.

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