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Apr 24, 2014 2:36 PM by Kathrene Herndon, KSBY News

New boat will help SLO CO. Sheriff's Office with pangas

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors recently approved accepting federal grant money that would help the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office acquire items used for pangas, Sheriff's Office Spokesman Tony Cipolla tells KSBY News.

The items include a 27-foot defender class boat, which Cipolla says will mainly be used after the pangas come ashore.

Right now, he says the Sheriff's Office has to contract the towing out, but with the new boat, officials can now tow the pangas themselves, saving the County some money.

Cipolla says since 2012, 12 pangas have been found in San Luis Obispo County and 62 pang-related arrests have been made.

Around 35 of those people are still in County jail.

Cipolla says deputies patrol the coastline several times a week.

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