U.S. Coast Guard Saves 19 Migrants from Boats in Distress

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According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 19 migrants were saved from a boat off Los Angeles’ coast by a rescue crew on Aug. 20.

Los Angeles-Long Beach Coast Guard received an emergency call from a good Samaritan reporting that a panga-style vessel was in distress off Redondo Beach. The Boast Guard responded in a Press release.

According to Coast Guard, a helicopter rescue team from Air Station San Diego was capable of finding the boat 18 miles west Redondo Beach.

Coast Guard stated that the 19 migrants aboard the boat were saved and taken to safety.

Coast Guard stated that the disabled vessel was taken to the Los Angeles-Long Beach Coast Guard Base, where Customs and Border Protection agents will process those on board and Air and Marine Operations seize it.

“This case highlights the inherent risks posed to migrants attempting to enter the United States by sea and the dynamic nature of our operations,” Capt. Capt. Ryan Manning, Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles – Long Beach’s commanding officer, stated in the statement.

“The Coast Guard and our local partners responded to a report of a vessel in distress and, after ensuring the safety of everyone involved, shifted to enforcing the nation’s immigration laws. The Coast Guard routinely patrols the California coastline to combat illegal migration and ensure the safety of all people on the water.”

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