Agents Follow Footprints From Mystery Boat

A suspected smuggling boat washed ashore Wednesday off the coast of Torrey Pines State Beach.

Officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the 28-foot-long boat was found abandoned, floating north of lifeguard tower No. 7.  Authorities said the vessel is normally used for fishing in Baja, not for long-distance travel.

Investigators believe the boat was used to smuggle illegal immigrants onto the beach.  Agents gathered evidence on the beach.  According to a report, they followed tracks from the bottom of the beach to the top of a cliff, but the trail went cold there.

Officials impounded the boat.  No arrests have been made.

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