SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A dozen people were apprehended trying to illegally enter the country off the coast of Mission Bay and Point Loma Thursday.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said Joint Harbor Operation Center (JHOC) alerted agents to an area just west of Belmont Park at about 2:20 a.m. where they observed a "panga-style" boat landing on the beach near Ostend Court.
About 10 people ran ashore, according to CBP, before the boat headed south. Border Patrol agents responded and were able to catch the 10 individuals.
CBP said minutes later, another panga-style boat was spotted by JHOC just west of Sunset Cliffs.
The second boat was observed making landfall near Adair Street at about 2:40 a.m., CBP said. Two people were taken into custody.
CBP said 11 Mexican nationals and one Guatemalan national were taken into custody. The individuals were identified as seven males and five females who ranged in age from 19- to 43-years-old. Agents determined all to be in the U.S. illegally.
All 12 individuals were placed in CBP custody.