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Latino Daily News

Friday February 4, 2011

Dangerous Creativity: Illegal Border Crossers Use Underwater Scooters to Enter U.S. from Mexico

Border Patrol agents arrested two male Mexican nationals last night in Imperial Beach, Calif., after the two used self-propelled underwater devices to illegally enter the United States by sea.

At about 8:45 p.m., the crew of a Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine aircraft spotted two suspicious subjects in wetsuits who were carrying dive scooters. The males were walking north on the beach, south of Seacoast Drive. Border Patrol agents responded to the scene and encountered two individuals attempting to conceal themselves by lying in the sand.

Agents questioned the males, a 38-year-old and a 16-year-old, and arrested them after determining they were Mexican nationals who had used the dive scooters to illegally enter the United States. Agents transported the two to a local Border Patrol station for processing.