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Coast Guard searched 1,523 nautical miles for family in what may have been a hoax distress call

The Coast Guard and native rescue crews responded Saturday to a report {that a} small boat, carrying a person and three kids, had capsized off the coast of Maine. 

The rescue crews searched the waters off Kennebunkport for 22 hours, however discovered nothing. 

Now, the Coast Guard says it’s investigating the likelihood that the decision was a hoax. 

“We are asking for the public’s assistance in determining the source of the calls and the nature of the distress,” Capt. Brian Lefebvre,  the commander for Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, mentioned in an announcement on Tuesday. “Additional information may aid in our closure of the case and offer a degree of finality to the many rescuers who dedicated their time and effort toward this search effort.” 

According to the Coast Guard, the radio misery name got here in round 10:30 a.m. on Saturday from a person who reported his jon boat had capsized about 10 nautical miles off the coast of Kennebunkport. 

“I’m going to try and get the kids on the boat, on the top of the boat, lift them up, if possible,” the person says calmly within the mayday name, launched by the Coast Guard. “If not, we’re all going to just huddle in the water.”

The Coast Guard mentioned it misplaced radio communications with the caller and performed a search of 1,523 sq. nautical miles with native businesses on Saturday and Sunday.

The lacking man and three children have been reportedly aboard a 14-ft boat carrying orange life jackets after they misplaced communication with the Coast Guard. #SAR #CoastGuard

— USCGNortheast (@USCGNortheast) October 5, 2019

[email protected] Cutter Reefshark to stay on scene and proceed looking out by way of the evening, Stations South Portland and Portsmouth plan to finish their searches by 10pm. #SAR #CoastGuard

— USCGNortheast (@USCGNortheast) October 6, 2019

The search was suspended Sunday round eight a.m. “pending new information.”

 “We take all calls for help seriously,” Cdr. James McLay, the Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator at Sector Northern New England, mentioned in an announcement Sunday. “We utilized every resource at our disposal and applied an extraordinary amount of search effort to locate these boaters. If there was anyone in distress we gave them the best possible chance for rescue.” 

Anyone with details about the incident is being requested to contact the Coast Guard at 207-741-5478. 

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