Abandoned panga-style boat found on North Coast

jhickey@thetribunenews.comJuly 14, 2013 

An empty and abandoned panga-style boat was discovered July 14 in a remote cove north of Piedras Blancas Light Station.

COURTESY SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

An empty and abandoned panga-style boat was discovered Sunday morning in a remote cove north of Piedras Blancas Light Station.

San Luis Obispo County sheriff's deputies, assisted by State Parks rangers, responded to a report at 9:30 a.m. and found the panga-type boat; evidence indicated that cargo had been hand-carried from the beach.

Over the past few years, similar boats have increasingly been used to transport people and drugs from Mexico to the United States.

Detectives are continuing to investigate Sunday's discovery, with the assistance of State Parks rangers and the U.S. Coast Guard, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.

This is the sixth such boat found on local beaches since May 2012, when the first was discovered according to previous Tribune reports.

On May 29, authorities seized 53 bales of marijuana worth $1.3 million and arrested 15 people after a 35-foot-long panga boat was discovered off Montaña de Oro State Park.

Fourteen people were arraigned on four felony counts, with a trial set to start in August, according to a previous Tribune report.

 

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