Report of Boat Sinking Off California Possible Hoax

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) - The Coast Guard has called off the search for a boat that reportedly sank in rough seas far off the Central California coast, saying nothing more could be done and that the family's distress calls might have been a hoax.

Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Mike Lutz says they are treating the incident as a rescue, with the possibility the calls came from a trickster.

Crews have been looking for the family by sea and air since receiving their first distress call Sunday afternoon when the boaters said their 29-foot sailboat was taking on water and their electronics were failing. There have been no reports of a missing boat or boaters.

The search by hundreds of rescuers from the Coast Guard and the California Air National Guard, cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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