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1 dead, several hurt after illegal boat washes up in PB

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — A small boat packed with 15 suspected illegal immigrants reached shore early Wednesday and a man was found dead inside, while 11 other people were treated for injuries, authorities said.

U.S. Border Patrol agents saw a boat without lights approaching Pacific Beach at about 2 a.m., Damon Foreman, the commander of the Coastal Border Enforcement Team told a local television news station.

The boat came through the surf and made a hard landing. Agents found the body of a man lying face down in the boat and tracks in the sand led them to others.

Eleven people were treated at hospitals for injuries ranging from bruises to broken ankles, Capt. Milo Vaughs of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department said.

"When you come through the surf in a ... boat, anything can happen. They jump out of it, it hits them in the surf," Vaughs said.

Three other people were not hurt and were taken into custody.

The vessel, a small fishing boat known as a panga, apparently came from Mexico and no drugs were found aboard, authorities said.

Smugglers frequently use pangas to bring illegal immigrants or drugs into the United States. The trip can be treacherous.

In July, 15 suspected illegal immigrants stranded by a smuggler for three days were found on Santa Cruz Island, northwest of Los Angeles.

In June, 10 suspected illegal immigrants were detained in the Malibu area near Los Angeles. Two suffered broken bones while coming ashore.

Earlier this year, two smugglers were sentenced to five years in prison each for leading a boat packed with illegal immigrants into rough surf in San Diego last year, killing two passengers. More than 20 people were crammed into the 26-foot boat.


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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - One person is dead after a smuggling boat washes ashore in Pacific Beach.

Authorities say the boat was spotted around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday and was carrying some 15 suspected illegal immigrants.

A body was found inside the boat, but it's still unclear how the man died.

11 people suffered non life threatening injuries and were taken to area hospitals.

"Luckily for them the surf isn't any bigger than it was so their injuries could have been much more substantial and or there could have been drowning involved," said Milo Vaughs with San Diego Fire-Rescue

Three other suspects were taken into custody.

A border patrol investigation is now underway.

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