Three Mexican nationals attempted to illegally land their boat on California’s Huntington Beach on Sunday — about a mile from where crowds were forming to watch a professional surfing contest.
Lifeguards spotted the small fishing boat at around 8:30 a.m. PT, but when the men realized they had been spotted, they turned back to sea and were seen throwing a package overboard, The Orange County Register reported.
A number of people were on the beach at the time, for the US Open of Surfing.
It is believed the men in the boat were smuggling drugs across the border from Mexico.
All three were arrested and taken into custody by US Border Patrol agents on suspicion of smuggling and attempting to enter the US illegally.