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Suspected smuggling boat found abandoned in Pacific Beach

A 20-foot boat carrying life jackets and fuel was abandoned on the sand in Pacific Beach early Monday and federal agents are investigating it as a suspected smuggling event.

Officials were notifed around 5:50 a.m. that a boat had landed south of Crystal Pier, on the sand near Ocean Boulevard and Thomas Avenue.

Border Patrol agents responded and found a gray-hulled abandoned “panga style boat” on the beach. Agents found multiple personal flotation devices and seven fuel canisters on the vessel, said agency spokesperson Angel Moreno.

According to OnScene TV, lifeguards discovered 15 life vests in the sand near the boat. Video showed fuel cannisters tied together inside the boat.

The boat was seized by Air and Marine Operations officials. No arrests were made. Moreno said the incident is under investigation.

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