Abandoned panga washes ashore near Windansea Beach

LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Authorities were investigating an abandoned panga that washed ashore near Windansea Beach Tuesday morning.

Officials received reports of the empty vessel on Neptune Place around 6:30 a.m., said Monica Munoz, a spokeswoman for San Diego Fire-Rescue.

“Based on the citizen report we received of individuals running through the streets just as the sun was rising, the types of floatation devices we found, the fuel canisters, and this type of vessel, it’s pretty indicative of human smuggling,” Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Michael Scappechio told Fox 5.

Border Patrol and San Diego police were investigating the scene.

Lifeguards say they did not spot anyone in the water when they arrived.