A panga boat has once again been spotted on a California beach, just over a week after another vessel carrying suspected illegal migrants landed nearby. This time, the boat was sighted at Malibu’s El Pescador Beach early Wednesday morning by a homeowner who immediately alerted authorities.
According to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the overturned boat was found on the shoreline along with a debris field and several fuel canisters, as well as some personal items. The U.S. Border Patrol and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department were quickly contacted and have opened an investigation.
The U.S. Coast Guard responded to the scene and lifeguards were also dispatched to monitor the area for any signs of distress or possible individuals still at sea. As of now, it is unclear if anyone was apprehended or if any individuals were on board the panga boat, which is commonly used by human and drug smugglers.
Illegals have chosen Malibu Beach to invade – The place where the cost-of-living is 188% higher than the national average, and homes average $3.49 million.
This group came in on a 25’ panga boat, 100 miles from the Mexico/CA border.
Will all of the rich elite take them in? pic.twitter.com/mtYjF8IP0w
— 🇺🇸ProudArmyBrat (@leslibless) December 2, 2023
This sighting comes on the heels of another incident just last week, when a boat carrying around 25 suspected illegal migrants landed on a beach in Malibu, not far from the homes of Hollywood’s elite. Exclusive video footage obtained by Fox News’ Bill Melugin shows the boat pulling up to the beach on the morning of November 28th.
In the video, individuals can be seen leaping out of the boat and quickly making their way towards land, leaving the vessel stranded in the water. The fact that this type of landing is more commonly seen in European countries makes this occurrence extremely rare, especially considering that Malibu is over 100 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Given Malibu’s reputation as an affluent coastal town, this incident has raised concerns among local residents and officials. The area is home to numerous liberal celebrities, such as Barbra Streisand, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Cher, and boasts high-end luxury homes, many of which are on the waterfront close to where the boat landed.
EXCLUSIVE: Video from a contact in Malibu shows a panga boat full of suspected illegal immigrants landing on a beach near his home this week. Incredibly rare to see this so far north, as Malibu is 100+ miles away from the border. Unclear if anyone caught, awaiting a CBP response. pic.twitter.com/n9tIIAaHSh
— Bill Melugin (@BillMelugin_) December 1, 2023
Melugin also noted that it is still unclear if any individuals were apprehended during the previous incident, which is a cause for further investigation. Malibu, a mere 30 miles west of downtown Los Angeles, is certainly not a usual destination for illegal migrants, making these occurrences even more alarming.
As authorities continue to investigate both incidents, the presence of these panga boats on the shores of Malibu has raised questions about the security along the coastline and the potential for more landings in the future. Residents and law enforcement will undoubtedly be on high alert as they strive to ensure the safety and security of their community.