Coast Guard Investigating Possible Hoax Distress Call off Maine

On Saturday, Oct. 5, Coast Guard Sector Northern New England rescue crews responded to a report of four people in the water off Kennebunkport, Maine.

The search was prompted by a Mayday call issued by VHF at around 10:30 a.m. by a male voice claiming that he and his children were in the water after their jonboat had capsized.

After Coast Guard assets searched for 22 hours and covered more than 1,500 square nautical miles without results, the search was suspended.

Since no further reports of missing persons have materialized since the search, the Coast Guard is now investigating whether the Mayday call was a hoax.

“We are asking for the public’s assistance in determining the source of the calls and the nature of the distress,” said Capt. Brian Lefebvre, Coast Guard Sector Northern New England commander. “Additional information may aid in our closure of the case and offer a degree of finality to the many rescuers who dedicated their time and effort toward this search effort.”

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Coast Guard Sector Northern New England office at (207) 741-5478.