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. (Published Thursday, Jun 14, 2012)

    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.

    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. (Published Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012)

    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.

    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.

    Boat Hoax Call from South NY or NJ

    [NY] Boat Hoax Call from South NY or NJ
    The false distress call about a yacht exploding off Sandy Hook, N.J., which prompted an extensive search costing hundreds of thousands of dollars, came from a radio line in New Jersey or southern New York, authorities said Tuesday. Jonathan Dienst reports. (Published Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012)

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