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Border Patrol apprehends 23 people in panga boat off Long Beach shoreline.


Photo courtesy of US Customs & Border Patrol.

A thin fishing boat occupied by 23 Mexican nationals came ashore in Long Beach's Alamitos Pennisula Tuesday afternoon, the US Border Patrol and Coast Guard announced Wednesday.

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Federal authorities say they were tracking the fishing boat as the vessel made landfall near Ocean Blvd and 55th Place at roughly 4 p.m, US Customs, and Border Protection media chief Jame Ruiz said

  • Altogether, 23 occupants, 21 men and two females were taken into custody by the Border Patrol, and the Department of Homeland Security seized the boat.

  • Ruiz said there were no injuries to the passengers, although federal authorities don't know how long the passengers were traveling and where in Mexico did they originate.

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