In the zone: ‘Another life saved’

In the zone: ‘Another life saved’
EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN – A small boat departs the Coast Guard Cutter Sherman with a boarding team aboard in response to a panga approaching the cutter, Jan. 13, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo Chief Warrant Officer Allyson E.T. Conroy) Story by Chief Warrant Officer Allyson E.T. Conroy Maritime tradition is steeped in superstition. No whistling on the bridge of a ship in case you whistle up a storm....

Coast Guard seizes more than half a ton of marijuana

Coast Guard seizes more than half a ton of marijuana
Coast Guard Cutter Sea Otter crew members tow in a panga after the successful interagency efforts interdicted approximately nearly 1,300 pounds of marijuana 120 miles south of San Diego, March 10, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Simpson) SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection prevented an estimated 1,300 pounds of marijuana from reaching...

Abandoned panga found near Newport Beach

Abandoned panga found near Newport Beach
SAN PEDRO, Calif.- An abandoned 30-foot panga vessel was found on a beach in Crystal Cove just south of Newport Beach, Calif., by a passerby at approximately 6:00 a.m. on Thursday. The style of the abandoned boat is commonly referred to as a “Panga” and is typically used for illegal immigration or drug smuggling when it is not being used for its intended commercial fishing purposes. The Coast...

Coast Guard interdicts drug panga, seizes 7,600 pounds of marijuana

Coast Guard interdicts drug panga, seizes 7,600 pounds of marijuana
SAN DIEGO — U.S. Coast Guard crews based in San Diego and Sacramento worked together to intercept a drug-laden panga boat approximately 160 miles southwest of San Diego early Friday morning. A U.S. Coast Guard crew member unloads a bale of marijuana from a panga boat that was seized 160 miles southwest of San Diego June 28, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Henry G. Dunphy Three...

Coast Guard and Customs & Border Protection disrupt smuggling attempt at sea

Coast Guard and Customs & Border Protection disrupt smuggling attempt at sea
SAN DIEGO — U.S. Coast Guard and Customs & Border Protection (CBP) worked together to track and interdict a panga boat carrying approximately 6,900 pounds of marijuana with three men onboard approximately 140 miles south of San Diego, Saturday night. A CBP Office of Air and Marine Multi-role Enforcement Aircraft (MEA) and Coast Guard air and surface crews tracked the panga off the Southern...

Joint agencies interdict 23 migrants

SAN DIEGO – A joint agency collaboration led to the interdiction of a 25-foot panga carrying 23 suspected illegal migrants off the coast of Oceanside, Calif., early this morning.

24 Arrested in Early Morning Maritime Smuggling Attempt

ENCINITAS, Calif. — A collaborative effort between U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department prevented a maritime smuggling attempt early this morning at the Encinitas coastline.