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Undocumented Immigrants Land Boat on San Diego Beach (Video)

| by Michael Allen

A boat of 20 suspected undocumented immigrants landed on a San Diego, Calif., beach on Monday at about 6:45 a.m.

Witnesses took pictures and video (below) of the red panga landing on Mission Beach.

According to witnesses, 18 males and two females hopped out of the boat, ran up the beach, jumped a sea wall and vanished into an alley.

"I was in shock I think, and so were the couple people out here," Phoenix resident Miranda Fuller told NBC San Diego from her Mission Beach vacation home. "They were just standing there pointing. Nobody knew what to do, what should we do to help."

Resident Bill Wu recorded the people running down the alley on his home surveillance camera.

"I guess there was somebody on the inside here that was supplying them with clothing and they went down to Mission Boulevard and changed clothes," Wu told NBC San Diego.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) officials said they have taken seven of the boat passengers into custody.

Another panga filled with 20 suspected undocumented immigrants was intercepted at about 1 a.m on Tuesday by CPB agents in the ocean near Del Mar, Calif.

One CPB helicopter and two boats were able to stop the illegal entry.

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According to a CPB press release, 13 men and seven women were aboard the panga, which was taken to a nearby harbor.

The passengers were transferred to the U.S. Border Patrol for processing, while two of the men were charged with human smuggling.

Sources: CPB, NBC San Diego