14 Undocumented Immigrants Detained after Smuggling Boat Capsizes

Because of beefed up security on the border, smugglers are now turning to the high seas.

Federal authorities on Tuesday intercepted over a dozen undocumented immigrants in a smuggling boat that capsized along the shores of Southern California.

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 undocumented 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.

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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