SAN DIEGO -- The serene shoreline of Casa Beach near La Jolla Cove was littered Wednesday morning with the broken remains of a small panga, a boat sometimes used in smuggling operations. According to border patrol officials, the small fishing vessel is a 26-foot Cuddy Cabin Cruiser vessel.
A person out for a walk just south of Children’s Pool told lifeguards he detected a strong gasoline odor on the beach around 6:30 a.m. and spotted what was left of the panga. Water bottles and jugs of gasoline were also found on the sand.
While lifeguards searched the area for anyone who might be in the water, border patrol took over the land investigation.
Another panga, this one relatively intact, was discovered an hour earlier in Ocean Beach at Sunset Cliffs. It was spotted bobbing in the water between the cliffs at Santa Cruz Avenue. Inside the boat, lifeguards and border patrol officials found large containers of gasoline and 15 life jackets. No people were found in connection with either boat.
No one was arrested and no contraband was found, agency spokesman Ralph DeSio told FOX 5.
Lifeguards or California Border Patrol Air and Marine Operations will remove the boats.