LAGUNA BEACH (CNS) – For the second time in eight days, a panga boat landed on the shore of Laguna Beach in the Crystal Cove area today, but this time, four people were taken into custody.
The small boat landed around 8 a.m. Four people were detained, but Laguna Beach police and sheriff’s officials undertook an extensive search of the area for other possible occupants of the boat, assisted by a helicopter crew and a drone.
It was unclear how many people may have originally been on the small boat.
Nearby El Morro Elementary School was placed on a precautionary lockdown during the search, but that lockdown was lifted around 9:30 a.m., and classes continued as usual.
On June 11, a small panga boat that was believed to be carrying as many as 12 people landed in the same general area in what police dubbed a human-smuggling operation. All the occupants of that boat scattered before law enforcement arrived.