The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a family missing at sea off the California coast south of San Francisco, KGO radio reported Tuesday.
The snaptwig.com was the first media outlet to report on Monday that the story may be a hoax and now it appears that that suspicion may be warranted.
A Coast Guard spokesman told KGO-TV on Tuesday morning that there is “a possibility” that the distress call reporting a family missing at sea was a hoax. The Coast Guard added that it still has not received reports of anyone missing.
Could the story of a family lost at sea have been a hoax?
The Coast Guard had been searching since Monday for the missing family of four who were reported being in a sinking sailboat off the Northern California coast late Sunday afternoon.
The Coast Guard told the snaptwig.com that they have gotten no reports of anyone missing. The Coast Guard has dealt with a number of false distress calls over the past few years. When asked by the snaptwig.com on Monday afternoon whether the report of missing family at sea could be a hoax, Coast Guard Petty Officer Second Class Barry Bena said that the Coast Guard is taking the report seriously.
“We are not going down that road right now,” Bena said reiterating that they are treating the call as a legitimate distress call and not a hoax. But it appeared on Tuesday that the Coast Guard was leaning more toward the belief that the lost family at sea case may be a hoax.
The alleged family lost at sea is a husband and wife along with two young children on board when it sent a radio distress call. The husband said one of the children was his son, the other the son’s cousin. The husband told the Coast Guard his sailboat was sinking and that the family was fashioning a makeshift raft from a cooler and life ring.
The man sent a series of broken distress calls and was unable to say exactly where his family’s boat was. The Coast Guard says the missing family were apparently forced to abandon the boat at sea.
The search for the missing family is being concentrated in the sea along the Northern California Coast from San Mateo County to Monterey County. Monterey is about two hours south of San Francisco.
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