Editor's note: This corrects the name of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Agent Michael Jimenez' title.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is investigating a Tuesday-morning incident in which eight to 10 people reportedly came ashore at Crystal Cove State Park in a small boat, then shed their life jackets and some clothes as they scattered about the area. As of late Tuesday afternoon, authorities still were looking for these people.
Border patrol officials said the group was aboard a panga boat, a type of open-hulled Mexican fishing boat frequently used in coastal smuggling.
About 7 a.m., a visitor at Moro Beach, one of the beaches at Crystal Cove, called police to report the incident. The person was not able to identify the ethnicity of anyone in the group, saying only that they pulled ashore and ran in several different directions.
Immigration authorities received a report of a second boat seen motoring back southward from the beach minutes after the first boat was found on the sand, said Border Protection spokesman Agent Michael Jimenez.