Human Smuggling Attempt Via Jet Boat Foiled

An attempt to sneak a woman into the U.S. via a rented jet boat was foiled Tuesday afternoon, U.S. Border Patrol officials say.

San Diego Lifeguards spotted a suspicious 1998 Yamaha jet boat heading south along the coast with one person on board.

When Customs and Border Protection agents started monitoring it from the air, they saw the vessel going north with two people.

The aircrew notified an Office of Air and Marine water-bound crew, who intercepted the jet boat driver for questioning. The driver pulled into Dana Landing near Ocean Beach.

Border Patrol agents inspected the boat and discovered that the 25-year-old woman was a Mexican national in the U.S. illegally, officials said.

The 51-year-old male driver is a U.S. citizen. Both were arrested and taken to a Border Patrol station for processing.

Border Patrol officials said the boat used in the smuggling attempt had been rented.

If you see any suspicious activity along the coast, call the Joint Harbor Operations Center at 1-800-854-9834 or 911.

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