The abandoned panga boat on Mission Beach. Courtesy OnScene.TV

An abandoned panga boat and at least a dozen life jackets were found Friday morning on Mission Beach.

The boat was discovered on the sand near the end of El Carmel Place around 5:45 a.m.

At least a dozen life jackets were on the sand and in the boat, along with food and several containers of fuel, according to a videographer at the scene.

It was not clear how many passengers may have been on the boat when it came ashore. San Diego lifeguards were searching for possible victimes.

The suspected smuggling boat was the third of its kind to show up along the coast of San Diego in the past week.

Early Monday morning, a boat carrying 23 people was discovered west of Point Loma and all of the boat’s occupants were taken into Border Patrol custody for processing.

One person died, 10 were rescued and a total of 15 people were taken into custody Thursday morning after a panga boat foundered in rough waters off the coast of La Jolla.

The Border Patrol has reported an increase in maritime smuggling incidents since the border wall was rebuilt in the San Diego area.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.