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High waves likely caused CA smuggling boat crash
Authorities say high waves likely caused smuggling boat crash off Southern CA coast
By The Associated Press

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) ' Authorities say dangerously high waves likely caused a smuggling boat to crash on a Southern California beach where more than 500 pounds of marijuana washed ashore.

Lindsey Templeton, a California State Parks superintendent, says rangers found the abandoned boat split in half Thursday near Point Mugu.

Templeton says the surf was 6 to 9 feet at the beach.

Authorities are warning swimmers and surfers to be careful because of high waves and strong rip currents that hit Central and Southern California through the day.

The Coast Guard suspended its search for a body-boarder who vanished off the Surfside area of Huntington Beach. There was a rip current in the area where Jowayne Binford disappeared Wednesday.

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