Cutter Edisto Interdicts 24 Migrants – video

SAN DIEGO – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Edisto interdicted 24 suspected undocumented migrants off the California coast Saturday morning.

The Edisto, a 110-foot patrol boat based in San Diego, was on patrol near the Mexican border at approximately 4 a.m., when the crew spotted an overloaded panga 35 miles southwest of Point Loma, Calif.

After a brief pursuit the people aboard the panga surrendered to the Edisto’s crew and were taken aboard the cutter.

Customs and Border Protection and San Diego Harbor Police also responded to the scene aboard a Harbor Police boat to assist with the apprehension and tow the panga to San Diego.

Once in San Diego, the 21 males and three females were transferred to Border Patrol.

The interdiction was part of a coordinated effort by member agencies of the San Diego Maritime Unified Command, the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, and San Diego Harbor Police. San Diego Maritime Unified Command, comprised of CPB, ICE, the Coast Guard, and other law enforcement partners, is an all-threats multi-agency approach to maritime law enforcement operating in the San Diego and Orange County maritime region.

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