Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Petty Officer - Coast Guard Says Yacht Blast Call May Be Hoax Reuters

NEW YORK Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:47pm EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Coast Guard includes identified no debris or survivors originating from a reported explosion aboard a new yacht 17.5 a long way journey New Jersey coast, elevating the likelihood which your incident could have been a hoax, a spokesman explained with Monday.

Several Coast Guard helicopters and rescue charter boats include been combing the particular Atlantic Ocean and now have nevertheless to locate debris, existence rafts as well as individuals, Petty Officer Erik Swanson said.

Asked that the Coast Guard thought how the the airwaves contact this been given Monday mid-day may have also been some sort of hoax, Swanson said: "That is actually becoming considered."

The Coast Guard received that transmission at about 4:20 p.m. (2020 GMT) in addition to stated a new muscle size casualty celebration soon after appearing shared with by way of the caller which a good surge aboard a yacht pushed many twenty one individuals aboard for you to get away from ship, with seven of these injured, Chief Warrant Officer Brandon Brewer said.

Swanson said the particular distress harasser said that they are transmitting from the solar-powered radio because boat's a radio station were being destroyed. That recommended that Coast Guard ended up being not able to precise the site using global setting program pursuing technology, Swanson said.

The Coast Guard obtained merely normally the one transmission and practically nothing since, Swanson said. The search, however, is not referred to as off yet.

"We're planning to continue on the particular search for a bit now," Swanson said.

As connected with 8:15 p.m. one Coast Guard heli remained in the surroundings as well as numerous motorboats during sea as part of the search, Petty Officer Thomas McKenzie said.

Brewer said the particular private yacht has been named Blind Date.

(Reporting by means of Daniel Trotta plus Dan Burns; Editing by Sandra Maler plus David Brunnstrom )

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