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Suspected Illegal Immigrants Held on Calif. Beach


In this photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard on Monday July 11,2011 showing Coast Guard and National Park Service personnell with the apprehension of 15 suspected illegal migrants, near Santa Cruz Island, Calif., on Sunday July 10, 2011. (AP/U.S. Coast Guard)

More than a dozen suspected illegal immigrants have been captured on a Southern California beach after a smuggling boat capsized in rough surf.

Federal immigration spokeswoman Virginia Kice says the boat was spotted landing at Crystal Cove State Park in Orange County at 5 a.m. Tuesday.

The boat capsized but all 15 people aboard made it to the beach.

Kice says federal agents captured 14 while one other escaped.

The capture follows the weekend rescue of 15 suspected illegal immigrants stranded on Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands northwest of Los Angeles. Ten others were detained in the Malibu area last month.

Authorities say smugglers have been turning to sea routes from Mexico into the U.S. because of increased vigilance on land.

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