SAN CLEMENTE (CBSLA) – Several Chinese and Mexican nationals were taken into custody last week after arriving in a makeshift boat on the coast of Southern California.
The boat made landfall just after midnight on Nov. 1 near San Mateo Point just south of San Clemente, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Thirteen people got off the boat and ran into a nearby community, according to officials.
When the passengers made a run for it, Border Patrol agents responded and quickly detained nine of the 13 on board. Six of those detained were Chinese nationals – including one woman – and the remaining three were Mexican nationals.
All of those detained were determined to be illegally present in the U.S., authorities said.
The group was transported to a nearby Border Patrol station for processing, where one of those detained admitted to being the captain of the boat and now faces federal human smuggling charges, according to officials.