LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. - Nine people were detained and several others still on the loose after a panga boat with smuggled immigrants landed Thursday morning on the shore of Laguna Beach, authorities said.
The boat was found around 7 a.m. Thursday near West Street Beach, according to the Laguna Beach Police Department. Police officers, lifeguards and U.S. Border Patrol agents responded.
Video from the Laguna Police Department showed a group of people running from the boat.
This morning at 7:00 am, LBPD, LB Lifeguards, and Border Patrol responded to a Panga boat landing at West Street Beach. Seven subjects have been detained so far and looking for others. Investigation is still ongoing. Updates to follow.. pic.twitter.com/XN5CS21fEv— Laguna Beach PD PIO (@LBPD_PIO_45) November 29, 2018
Police said they were still searching for several other passengers and investigating two vehicles believed to be waiting to pick up the boat passengers.
Three of the smuggled immigrants were Chinese nationals and four more were reported to be Mexican nationals.
Happening now: #USBP agents have 8 undocumented aliens, including two suspected smugglers, in custody after a panga style smuggling boat lands at #CoastRoyal #LagunaBeach, #CA. Agents are searching the area for any outstanding subjects. #CBP #Border #BorderSecurity pic.twitter.com/l9UJQpvolT— CBP San Diego (@CBPSanDiego) November 29, 2018
Pangas are open, motor-powered fishing boats common in Central America. They are often used to smuggle drugs or people into the United States.
The search additional panga boat passengers continues on the beach and cliff areas. pic.twitter.com/lN6Ggk43ib— Laguna Beach Police (@LagunaBeachPD) November 29, 2018
Laguna Beach is a small oceanfront community south of Los Angeles.