A panga boat apparently carrying several large bundles of illegal drugs washed ashore in Carlsbad early today and a search was under way for a person on board believed to have jumped into the ocean, authorities said.
The discovery was made just after 2 a.m., according to Border Patrol officials.
In addition to the apparent drug bundles, two people were found on the boat and taken to an area hospital so they could be treated for hypothermia, border officials said.
Today marked the second consecutive day a suspecting smuggling operation was foiled off the North County coastline.
Early Monday, eight suspected illegal immigrants and three U.S. citizens were detained when a panga landed in Del Mar.
Border Patrol agents spotted the boat heading north off the coast of Torrey Pines about 1:30 a.m., and several people were caught shortly afterward while climbing up cliffs with flashlights near 11th Street in Del Mar, border officials said.
The panga was seized and its navigator was taken into custody, according to Border Patrol Agent Steven Pitts.
Two vehicles found nearby were also seized, he said.