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Boat washes ashore in OC, occupants flee

A boat thought to be filled with illegal immigrants came ashore in Orange County Tuesday.

December 28, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A boat thought to be filled with illegal immigrants came ashore in Orange County Tuesday.The small boat was spotted around 7 a.m. by a visitor at Crystal Cove in southern Newport Beach.

Eight to 10 people were seen running from the 26-foot panga boat, scattering in all directions.

Police and sheriff's deputies mounted a search with the help of a helicopter but didn't find anyone.

Human smuggling in small boats is more common along the San Diego coast, but there have been several incidents this year in southern Orange County.