UPDATED 1:58 PM PT – Monday, May 17, 2021
An investigation is underway after the U.S. Coast Guard, along with Border Patrol Agents, responded to a troubled panga boat off the coast of San Diego, California. The vessel was spotted just before 3 a.m. on Monday.
Coast Guard officials say the boat’s captain refused to listen to commands to stop and became stuck on the coast of Point Loma. There was a total of 23 illegal immigrants found on board. Custom and Border Protection took the group into custody and said 20 of the immigrants are from Mexico and three are from Guatemala.
This comes just two weeks after a human smuggling boat capsized in the same area, leaving four dead and more than two dozen injured.
Officials note there has been a massive uptick in maritime apprehensions this year with people paying cartels around $10,000 to be smuggled into the U.S.