13 Mexican nationals detained after La Jolla rescue

Posted at 8:30 AM, Mar 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-11 09:39:22-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - U.S. Coast Guard rescued 13 Mexican nationals from the waters off the coast of La Jolla Saturday.

The rescue, located near the Children's Pool, was reported just before 8 a.m., according to the Coast Guard. The 13 individuals, one woman and 12 men, were rescued from a panga boat and brought to shore.

Border Patrol officials took the individuals into custody and officials believe they were trying to enter the country illegally.

RELATED: One person hurt, possible drug packages found after boat washes ashore in Carlsbad

Panga boat attempts to illegally have seen a sharp increased since 2010, according to Border Patrol, as land borders have tightened.

Just last month, one person was found injured around several packages of marijuana washed ashore in Carlsbad. The injured person told investigators five other people were also with him.