Panga boat found on beach north of Piedras Blancas

No drugs were inside the abandoned craft, the 13th seized since May 2012

mfountain@thetribunenews.comJune 26, 2014 

Another panga boat was discovered on a remote North County beach Thursday, but authorities have not made any arrests nor located any narcotics this time around.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office estimates the boat may have been at the location for up to 24 hours.

At approximately 1:30 p.m., a California State Parks ranger patrolling Highway 1 discovered a break in a coastal fence line approximately four miles north of the Piedras Blancas Light Station.

While investigating, the ranger discovered the abandoned skiff beached on the sand, surrounded by articles of clothing strewn about the beach. An undisclosed amount of fuel was also found inside the boat.

Sheriff’s deputies searched the area for anyone possibly associated with the boat, but found no one.

According to a Sheriff’s Office news release, investigators believe the boat may have been transporting both people and drugs based on evidence found at the scene.

The panga is estimated to be at least 33 feet long and was outfitted with three outboard motors. It was confiscated by the Sheriff’s Office and as of Thursday evening was being towed to Morro Bay for processing.

The investigation remains ongoing, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Thursday’s discovery marks the 13th panga boat found on county beaches since May 2012, according to Tribune archives. So far this year, there have been three.

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