US Coast Guard is investigating a distress call’s legitimacy

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP)—The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the possibility that a distress call about a capsized boat off the coast of southern Maine was a hoax.

The Coast Guard initiated a 22-hour search on Oct. 6 after a series of short distress calls from a man who claimed he and his three children had capsized 10 nautical miles off the coast of Kennebunkport, Maine.

In a public statement the Coast Guard suspended the search on Oct. 13 after reportedly searching 1,500 square nautical miles.

The Coast Guard released a recording of the distress call and asked the public to help identify the voice to determine if it was a hoax.

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