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Date: June 12, 2012
U.S. Coast Guard
Contact: Public Affairs Detachment New York
Office: (212) 668-7114
Mobile: (917) 703-0983

NEW YORK – The Coast Guard has increased the to $3,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person responsible for making a call to the Coast Guard Monday, reporting a vessel explosion and sinking east of , N.J.

Anyone with information regarding false is encouraged to anonymously contact the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service at 646-872-5774 or 212-668-7048.

Coast Guard New York received a at approximately 4:20 p.m., Monday, reportedly from the yacht Blind Date, stating the vessel suffered an explosion, seven people were injured and all 21 people reportedly aboard the yacht had abandoned ship into liferafts. A later call to the Coast Guard reported that three people aboard the boat had died, and that several people had 2nd- and 3rd-degree burns, and that people aboard were abandoning ship into liferafts.

Making a false distress call is a federal felony with a maximum penalty of five to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and reimbursement to the Coast Guard for the cost of performing the search.  Coast Guard and other state and local agencies responded to more than 60 suspected hoax calls in the northern New Jersey, New York City and Hudson River region in 2011.

In addition to being a , false distress calls waste , put Coast Guard and other first responders at and can interfere with the Coast Guard’s ability to respond to actual distress at sea.

“More than 200 first responders assembled mass casualty receptions areas in Newark, and Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook, N.J., preparing to receive the reported injured passengers,” said Cmdr. Kenneth Pierro, of Coast Guard Sector New York.

Monday’s Coast Guard search east of Sandy Hook included two Coast Guard boat crews and four Coast Guard helicopter crews, who searched approximately 638 square nautical miles. Response units from New York City Police Department, Fire Department of New York City, New Jersey State Police and Nassau County Police Department also conducted searches in the area.

For more information contact Coast Guard Public Affairs Detachment New York 212-668-7114 or 917-703-0983.

Editor’s Note:  The Coast Guard will hold a media briefing at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, 2012, to discuss the investigation into this possible hoax.

WHO: Capt. Gregory P. Hitchen, Deputy Commander of Coast Guard Sector New York, and Special Agent William P. Hicks III, Special Agent in Charge, Coast Guard Investigative Service New York Field Office

WHEN: 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 12, 2012
WHERE: Coast Guard Battery Park Building
1 South Street, New York, N.Y., 10004

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