Coast Guard: Yacht Explosion Hoax Leads Coming In

A man claiming to be aboard a yacht called the Blind Date triggered a massive search on Monday

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    The Coast Guard says it has narrowed down its search zone for the source of a false distress call about a yacht exploding off Sandy Hook. Brian Thompson reports.

    The Coast Guard says it's getting leads from the public about the fake distress call involving a boat explosion off the coast of New Jersey.

    Spokesman Charles Rowe says they are investigating everything that comes in.

    A man claiming to be aboard a yacht called the Blind Date triggered a massive search on Monday when he reported three people dead, nine injured and 21 abandoning ship after an explosion 20 miles off Sandy Hook.

    Audio: Yacht Explosion Hoax Distress Call

    [NY] Audio: Yacht Explosion Hoax Distress Call
    Coast Guard officials released partial audio of a false distress call about a yacht exploding off Sandy Hook, N.J., which prompted an extensive search costing hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    The search took five hours and cost rescue agencies more than $300,000.

    Officials believe the hoax originated on land in either New Jersey or Staten Island.

    The Coast Guard is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and prosecution.

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