Possible Hoax Call Prompts Search off Pemaquid Point


Portland Press Herald: The report of a sailboat in distress off Pemaquid Point on Friday morning [January 17] is being investigated by the Maine Marine Patrol as a possible hoax. The resulting search cost more than $100,000, the Coast Guard said, and the person who told authorities about the boat could face charges.

The search for the vessel, described as a 23’ sailboat, was suspended at 3:20 p.m. Friday, Capt. Brian S. Gilda, a Coast Guard sector commander, said during a news conference at the Coast Guard station in South Portland.

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