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News Release

June 12, 2012

U.S. Coast Guard

Contact: 1st Coast Guard District


Office: (617) 223-8515

Local Coast Guard crews speak about hoax search off New Jersey

BOSTON — Coast Guard from Air Station Cape Cod responded to a probable hoax call Monday off the coast of New Jersey.

Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service New York received a distress call at approximately 4:20 p.m. from the crew of the yacht Blind Date stating the vessel suffered an explosion, seven people were injured and all 21 people reportedly aboard the yacht had abandoned ship into life rafts.

An HU-25 Falcon jet and an MH-60T helicopter launched from the Cape to assist in the rescue. Crews spent several hours searching off the New Jersey coast for the people who abandoned the yacht Blind Date.

Monday’s Coast Guard search east of Sandy Hook included two Coast Guard boat crews and four Coast Guard aircraft crews, who searched approximately 638 square nautical miles. Response units from New York City Police Department, Fire Department of New York City, New Jersey State Police and Nassau County Police Department also conducted searches in the area.

Aircrews from Monday's search will be available to speak with the media regarding the search and how hoax calls impact the Coast Guard's response to real emergencies.

For more information and to speak with the Coast Guard flight crews at Air Station Cape Cod, please contact the Coast Guard Public Affairs Office in Boston at (617) 223-8515.

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