15 illegal immigrants found on smuggler boat

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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) – Fifteen illegal immigrants hidden inside the bilge area of a pleasure boat in Newport Harbor have been turned over to federal immigration officers.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department says Harbor Patrol officers spotted the boat sitting low in the water as if it was overloaded late Thursday afternoon.

The Orange County Register says the boat was stopped and 15 illegal immigrants were found in the bilge area of the vessel.

They were examined by paramedics and turned over to federal officials.

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