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After combing through Monterey waters for about two days, the U.S. Coast Guard has decided to stop searching for a reportedly lost sailboat off of the California coast.
Late Sunday afternoon, a man contacted the Coast Guard via radio with a distress call, saying “Coast Guard, Coast Guard, we are abandoning ship. This is the [Charmblow], we are abandoning ship,” reports USA Today.
Rescue teams covered 20,000 square miles in the search for the 29-foot sailboat, but in a statement to ABCNews.com, Coast Guard Petty Officer Mike Lutz revealed that nothing had been found, “We’ve saturated the area with multiple assets over a roughly 42 hours period…and we’ve come up with no signs of distress, no debris in the water and that has led us to suspend this case.”
He continued, “There’s always that chance [it’s a hoax], but as far as we’re concerned, anytime we get a call for distress, we treat it as peoples’ lives are in danger and we’ll treat it like that until we have reason to believe otherwise.”
The Coast Guard has asked the public to contact them if they have any information on this case.