15 Suspected Illegal Immigrants Stranded on Island

Authorities say one of the migrants used a cell phone to call 911

Monday, Jul 11, 2011  |  Updated 7:34 AM PDT
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15 Suspected Illegal Immigrants Found Off Ventura

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Fifteen suspected illegal immigrants were stranded for three days on an island about 19 miles off Ventura, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

One of the migrants used a cell phone to call 911 and tell authorities they had been left on Santa Cruz Island without food or water. A Coast Guard crew dispatched Friday found the migrants at about 5 p.m.

National Park Service spokeswoman Yvonne Menard said the migrants were on the north side of the island. A Coast Guard cutter took them to Santa Barbara for processing by federal immigration officials.
 

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