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.