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Abandoned panga boat found on San Diego's Mission Beach

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Posted at 1:13 PM, May 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-21 16:13:40-04

SAN DIEGO (AP) — An empty panga boat has been found abandoned on San Diego’s Mission Beach. Life jackets were found in the boat and on the sand early Friday morning.

Pangas are a type of outboard-powered open boat favored by smugglers trying to skirt the U.S.-Mexico land border. On Thursday, one person was killed and others were injured when a panga apparently attempted to smuggle migrants ashore at San Diego’s La Jolla coast.

On Monday, authorities took 23 people from a panga off Point Loma and earlier this month a cabin cruiser carrying 32 people foundered there, killing three people during a smuggling attempt.