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Illegal immigrants rescued on Santa Cruz Island

July 11, 2011 12:43:18 AM PDT
More than a dozen suspected illegal immigrants were rescued after being stranded on an island off the Southern California coast.

The U.S. Coast Guard received a call on Friday from one of the immigrants saying they were dropped off on Santa Cruz Island on July 8 with no food or water. The island is 19 miles off Ventura.

An initial search of the area didn't turn up anything.

Then on Sunday, the Coast Guard received a call from a boater who made contact with the group.

The Coast Guard and National Park Service launched a rescue operation, and the 15 immigrants were handed over to Santa Barbara for processing by federal immigration officials.