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Joe (SoCal)
06-12-2012, 05:29 PM
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/06/12/coast-guard-to-provide-more-details-of-possible-hoax-of-yacht-explosion-off-nj-coast/

I hope they find the bastards.

Peter Kalshoven
06-12-2012, 05:39 PM
"Making a false distress call is a felony that carries five to ten years in prison, a $250,000 fine and complete reimbursement for the entire cost of the search."


Not nearly enough!!

Ian McColgin
06-12-2012, 05:40 PM
"Three feet of water on the bridge" ????

I think once the transition to DSC is complete, this sort of hoax will be more difficult since the radio transmitting will be identified.

Phillip Allen
06-12-2012, 05:54 PM
I'm wondering about a test to see what soft targets may appear for terrorism

JBreeze
06-12-2012, 05:59 PM
"21 souls on board...."

I've only heard that type of characterization from professional commercial pilots, ATC, etc. Do commercial boaters use that language on official channels? Wonder if it is an insider or wannabe...

Joe (SoCal)
06-12-2012, 06:26 PM
Watch enough TV and have a desire to pull such a prank you can almost sound like a real sailor. FYI they used the wrong VHF which is a bit amateurish.

Soundbounder
06-20-2012, 06:13 PM
Coast Guard Checking if Sandy Hook Hoax Is Tied to One in TexasThe vessel-in-distress calls, placed to the Coast Guard three weeks and half a continent apart, were strangely similar.


The boat captains reaching out for help used Coast Guard terminology — referring to passengers as “souls” and talking of “taking on water.” They both contacted the Coast Guard’s Vessel Traffic Service, something else that civilian boaters do not typically do. The men’s voices even sounded a bit alike.

And in both cases, the Coast Guard says, the calls — two claiming to be placed from a yacht (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=c3q2GgyZl9Y) that had suffered a fatal explosion off Sandy Hook, N.J., on June 11, and one said to be from a fishing boat floundering off Galveston, Tex. (http://cgvi.uscg.mil/media/main.php?g2_itemId=1625466), on May 20 — turned out to be hoaxes.

Now the Coast Guard is looking for a connection between the calls and analyzing recordings to determine if they were made by the same man, officials said at a news conference on Wednesday at the Coast Guard building at the foot of Manhattan.

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/20/coast-guard-trying-to-tie-sandy-hook-hoax-to-one-in-texas/?smid=tw-share

MiddleAgesMan
06-20-2012, 09:43 PM
The plot thickens.

It's sure looking more and more like a Coastie insider.

Mrleft8
06-21-2012, 07:39 AM
Prolly a disgruntled ex-coastie who got the boot for doing something stupid......

brad9798
06-23-2012, 05:53 PM
Why is that not nearly enough, Peter K?