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Tuesday 11/27/2012 12:05 PM - Panga Boat

Contact: Tony Cipolla
Phone: (805) 781-4547
Type of Incident: Panga Boat
Date and Time of Incident: 11-27-12, Approximately 4:15 AM
Place of Occurrence: Coast of San Simeon
Victim Information: N/A
Suspect Information: 5 suspects
Details of News Release: On 11-27-12, while on patrol, two San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's deputies discovered an open gate to a field north of the Piedras Blancas lighthouse off Highway One. When they arrived on scene, they discovered a beached panga boat along with five men. The men took off on foot and the deputies gave chase. The deputies were able to capture one of the suspects. A scuffle ensued which resulted in one deputy receiving minor injuries. The other suspects were headed south on foot. A second suspect was apprehended about a mile away from the scene. A search for the other suspects involved Sheriff's deputies, Sheriff's K9 units, a CHP plane and a Coast Guard helicopter. No narcotics were discovered on the panga boat but it is consistent with narcotic smuggling operations. Approximately 30 containers of fuel were floating in the water next to the boat. The boat is thought to be about 28 feet long with a single engine. The boat has been turned over to the Coast Guard. Photos of the panga boat will be sent in a later email.

Prepared By: tcipolla
Released: Tuesday 11/27/2012 12:06 PM