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Newport Beach Boat Used to Smuggle Illegal Immigrants

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A Mexican fishing boat found at Crystal Cove State Park is believed to have been used to smuggle illegal immigrants, according to LA Now.

Police were called at 7 a.m. yesterday by a visitor to Moro Beach who witnessed up to 10 people come ashore in the small boat, shed their life jackets and some clothing, then quickly leave the area. The Moro Beach visitor was unable to identify the ethnicity of those in the group, but said they "pulled ashore and ran in several different directions."

Border Patrol spokesman Lt. Michael Jimenez said that immigration authorities received a report of a second boat that was seen heading back out into the waters after the first boat was found.