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Panga rams SD harbor police boat, escapes

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IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a San Diego Harbor Police boat was rammed by a panga boat that then fled into Mexican waters.

Sgt. Michael Rich tells UT San Diego no one on the police boat was injured in the collision off Imperial Beach Saturday night.

Rich says two officers were on routine patrol when they saw a small motor boat and tried to contact the operators. The panga bumped the patrol boat and turned south, escaping to Mexico.

The officers couldn't tell what was on the boat or how many people. Rich says it appeared the collision was intentional.

Panga boats are often used for smuggling people or drugs into the United States from Mexico.

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Information from: U-T San Diego, http://www.utsandiego.com

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