Abandoned Panga Boat Found in PB

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Greg Bledsoe

    An abandoned panga boat, often used for smuggling illegal immigrants from Mexico, was found run aground at Pacific Beach Saturday.

    No one was near the boat, but authorities found 20 life jackets inside, lifeguards said.

    The boat was found between San Rafael Ct. and Ocean Front Walk overnight. It’s the second such incident in two days.

    Border patrol agents detained 22 immigrants who entered the country illegally on a panga boat near Camp Pendleton on Friday.

    Officers with Oceanside Harbor Police intercepted the boat and stopped the smugglers from escaping.

    Agents say the immigrants were at sea for a long time and several were suffering from dehydration and severe sun exposure.

    The Border Patrol says 20 Mexicans, one Guatemalan and one Colombian were taken to a local station for processing and deportation.