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9 in custody after panga boat stopped off Carlsbad coast

Posted at 4:11 PM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 19:11:33-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Nine people were taken into custody Friday after border officials say a panga-style boat was stopped off the coast of Carlsbad.

The boat was spotted at about 10:20 p.m. on Thursday by San Diego Air and Marine Branch crews. Officials say the crews used blue lights, sirens, and a spotlight to try and stop the boat, but it would not stop.

Crews then used disabling rounds on the boat's engine, bringing the vessel to a stop about 12 miles west of Carlsbad.

The nine people on the boat were taken into custody onshore by Border Patrol agents.