U.S. Coast Guard authorities escorted a Mexican vessel with five crewmen aboard to San Diego on Saturday after the boat was seized for allegedly fishing illegally in U.S. waters, authorities said.
The vessel, the 60-foot, Mazatlan-based Don Tomas, was carrying more than 1,000 pounds of fish, authorities said. A Coast Guard statement cited "several fishing violations," but none was specified.
The Coast Guard said the vessel and its cargo will be turned over to the U.S. attorney's office in San Diego.
Four Mexican crew members were turned over to the Border Patrol, authorities said. The fifth crew member, an American, remained on board. The fish was being refrigerated aboard the boat.