Packed Panga Towed to Shore Near Point Loma

Lifeguards towed a boat to shore packed with more than a dozen people

By R. Stickney and Megan Tevrizian
|  Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011  |  Updated 11:30 AM PDT
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A panga boat filled with more than a dozen people, believed to be illegal immigrants, was towed to shore.

A panga boat filled with more than a dozen people, believed to be illegal immigrants, was towed to shore.

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A panga was intercepted near Osprey Point in Point Loma early Tuesday.

A person on the shore called officials after noticing a passenger jump out of the boat.

San Diego lifeguards helped U.S. Border Patrol tow the boat to shore around 6:30 a.m.

There were 14 people Inside the boat according to San Diego police.

The passengers were off-loaded at the headquarters for San Diego lifeguards in Mission Bay.

Agents lined up the passengers along a building and processed them into custody.

They are at the US Border Patrol HQ being questioned about previous criminal records, immigration status, etc.

Border Patrol is trying to determine who the main smuggler is and how much he/she charged for  services.

A U.S. Border Patrol spokesperson said the immigrants may have been charged anywhere between $6,000 to $8,000.

No injuries were reported.

The original call reported two panga boats. Only one was located mixed in with surfers and lobster boats normally seen along this section of coastline.

Pangas are often used to transport undocumented immigrants across the U.S. Mexico border illegally.

A little more than 10 days ago, agents arrested 21 people traveling on a panga in the same area of the county.

In October, one person was killed and 11 injured in a smuggling attempt in Pacific Beach. Agents were on routine patrol when they noticed a panga approaching the shore.

Check back for details on this developing story.

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