Coast Guard: Mystery boat near Pescadero used for drug smuggling

April 15, 2014 11:47:18 AM PDT
The Coast Guard says a mystery boat reported Monday near Pescadero is now believed to have been used for drug smuggling.

Sky7 HD was above the overturned boat Monday morning after it was spotted off Pelican Cove.

The Coast Guard sent a helicopter, a search boat, and a cutter to look for anybody in distress, but found no one.

Authorities say the 20-foot open-hulled boat is similar to a panga, which is a common type of fishing boat in Mexico and Central America.

Those boats also are sometimes used to illegally ship drugs and people to the U.S.