Reward Offered in NJ Yacht Explosion Hoax

Portland Press Herald: The Coast Guard says a reported explosion on a motor yacht off central New Jersey likely was a hoax and that an extensive search and rescue operation cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Coast Guard scheduled a news conference this morning in Manhattan to discuss the incident. An investigation has begun to determine who was responsible, and the agency is offering a $3,000 reward for prosecution of the person responsible.

The multiagency mission was launched after authorities received an emergency radio transmission around 4:20 p.m. Monday from a boat identifying itself as the Blind Date. The caller reported the boat was 17 nautical miles east of Sandy Hook and had 21 people aboard and several people were injured.

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