Suspected smuggling boat found on San Diego County coast
ENCINITAS, Calif. (AP) — Eight people were taken into custody and one was hospitalized after a suspected smuggling boat capsized on the San Diego County coast early Thursday, authorities said.
The panga-style boat was spotted by Border Patrol agents as it approached Moonlight Beach at Encinitas around 5 a.m.
When the agents arrived, the boat had capsized, Border Patrol spokesman Jeff Stephenson told The San Diego Union-Tribune.
One of the eight people found in the area had symptoms of hypothermia and was taken to a hospital, Stephenson said.
The Union-Tribune reported that so far this fiscal year, 1,327 migrants have been encountered illegally entering the U.S. along the California coast.
Earlier this year, three people died when a smuggling boat broke apart in the surf at Point Loma.