Black’s Beach in San Diego. Photo via Wiki Commons

Federal agents early Wednesday arrested a half-dozen undocumented immigrants at Black’s Beach, including one found stranded on a waterfront bluff.

Border Patrol officers responding to a report from the Coast Guard about a suspicious small boat headed for shore in northern San Diego took the group of Mexican nationals into custody at about 4 a.m., according to USBP public affairs officials.

One of the men had to be rescued from a cliff above the secluded beach by fire-rescue personnel and was taken to a hospital for an evaluation.

Federal agents found a panga boat on the beach in the area and impounded it, Border Patrol spokesman Justin Castrejon said.

Two of the detainees were identified as the suspected operators of the skiff and will be charged with alien smuggling, Castrejon said. The rest of the apprehended men were expected to be deported back to Mexico.

Maritime smuggling incidents have increased in recent months after the Department of Homeland Security completed upgrades to 14 miles of border fence in the San Diego area.

— City News Service

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.