Possible Hoax Call Prompts Search off Cape Cod

At around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, the Coast Guard and Barnstable harbormasters received a mayday call supposedly made from the fishing boat Michelle Marie and claiming that the vessel was taking on water with 4 people aboard north of Barnstable Harbor in Cape Cod Bay.

Search and rescue crews were immediately dispatched; however, after covering 335 nautical miles over 14 hours, no signs of distress and no debris fields were located. Further, no overdue boaters or missing persons, were reported. The search was suspended on Friday morning.