Search underway after panga lands in Encinitas

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ENCINITAS, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents are searching for a group of people who hopped off a small boat after it came to shore at Stonesteps Beach.

CBP spokesperson Wendy Lee said the panga came ashore around 10:30 a.m. Monday right in front of lifeguards in Encinitas. After Border Patrol was called, agents found 13 life jackets on the boat.

A search was underway in the area surrounding Stonesteps Beach as agents tried to track down a group of people who ran from the boat.

“Unfortunately sometimes migrants are put on these panga boats without a life vest,” Lee said. “Smugglers don’t care anymore … They land wherever they want to. In this case, right in front of the lifeguards.”

Border Patrol said agents are seeing an increase in pangas coming ashore in the area.

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