Hoax calls bedevil Coast Guard in Washington
Hours of searching the nights of May 31 and June 1 involved helicopters and boats and cost more than $200,000 in fuel, aircraft maintenance and other expenses. Sheriff’s and tribal boats also searched.
Petty Officer David Mosley in Astoria, Oregon, says a man contacted the Coast Guard by radio both nights. The first night he said a fishing boat was sinking with five people on board. The next night he said a boat was sinking with two adults and a child.
A man with the same-sounding voice radioed a third time June 2 and falsely said a body had been found near Seabeck.
Mosley said Thursday the Coast Guard hasn’t received any tips yet.
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