By CBSLA Staff

RANCHO PALOS VERDES (CBSLA) — An empty panga boat was found Friday in Smuggler’s Cover off Rancho Palos Verdes.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Coast Guard confirmed they are investigating the boat, which is believed to be part of a human smuggling incident. Lifeguards reportedly combed the waters to check for the boat’s occupants.

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The boat was found empty, except for several life jackets reportedly found in it. It was left on the shore near Rancho Palos Verdes Drive South and Olmstead Trail.

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The incident is under investigation.