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Panga Boat Lands On South Coast; 15 People Detained

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Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
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Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies intercepted 15 people who landed on the Gaviota coastline near El Capitain State Beach in a panga boat Monday morning.

Boat lands just west of El Capitan State Beach.

Authorities say they have detained 15 people who landed on a Santa Barbara County beach Monday morning in a panga boat.

The boat was spotted at around 9 a.m. just west of El Capitan State Beach, on the Gaviota coastline.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is working with state, and federal agencies to determine jurisdiction in the case.

Santa Barbara County has had an ongoing problem with smugglers using panga boats to move drugs, and people from Mexico into the United States.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.