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8 Jet Skis Crossed U.S.-Mexico Border in Recent Weeks

A Jet Ski pulled from the water near the mouth of the Tijuana River in Imperial Beach after an incident in May. Photo credit: U.S. Border Patrol
A Jet Ski pulled from the water near the mouth of the Tijuana River in Imperial Beach after an incident in May. Photo credit: U.S. Border Patrol
A number of Jet Skis have illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border since late August to drop off immigrants in Imperial Beach or Coronado , according to Paul Carr with the U.S. Border Patrol.

The most recent incident occurred Friday around 6 a.m. A witness said they saw the Jet Ski land in surf off Seacoast Drive south of Imperial Beach Boulevard, discard wet clothes and switch into dry clothes.

  • Sept. 13, 2 taken into custody near Seacoast Drive south of Imperial Beach Boulevard
  • Sept. 6, 2 taken into custody near Seacoast Drive south of Imperial Beach Boulevard
  • Aug. 31, 2 taken into custody on Silver Strand
  • Aug. 30, 6 taken into custody on Silver Strand
  • Aug. 28, 2 taken into custody at mouth of Tijuana River in Imperial Beach 
  • Aug. 27, 2 taken into custody near Imperial Beach Pier
All 16 people taken into custody since Aug. 27 were Mexican nationals. None were arrested with weapons or other contraband, Carr said. 

Since the start of the 2012-13 fiscal year there have been more than 550 maritime apprehensions in San Diego County, Carr said. He was unable to offer details on whether recent incidents are above or below an average maritime apprehension rate in South San Diego.
Tammy Petersen Jenkins September 17, 2013 at 09:33 AM
Wow that is a lot of activity. Thanks for the update Khari.
Lynn Moore September 19, 2013 at 12:58 PM
Just a needle in a haystack

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