A panga with more than a dozen passengers came ashore in El Segundo this morning, following similar landings and sightings throughout Los Angeles County that officials say are increasing.
El Segundo Police Department responded to a call of a beached boat just before 7 a.m. this morning and worked with other law enforcement agencies to round up more than a dozen individuals who fled in different directions when the boat reached the shore, . The individuals were detained and are believed to have left Tijuana, Mexico in the boat Tuesday night, according to the report.
Heavier law enforcement in the San Diego area is forcing an increasing number of maritime smugglers north to Los Angeles County, authorities have said.
Palos Verdes communities have also been , with sightings reported throughout much of last year. Though these events along the PV coast have calmed in recent months, local government officials have considered further educating the public about maritime smuggling events.
Officials pointed to the Peninsula's quiet, secluded shoreline as possible reasons for landings there.
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