But then things got weird.
Reports started pouring in that no survivors were found, the ships wreckage was nowhere to be seen, and this was all a hoax.
Now, the Coast Guard has come to the same conclusion and is offering a $3,000 reward to whoever can find the person who put on the hoax, according to the AP.
The fake distress call is not a small penalty either. The person who committed the hoax could be facing up to 10 years in prison as well as a $250,000 fine.
And this isn’t the first boat hoax. Almost exactly one year earlier, a distress call went out from another ship off of Sandy Hook. The Coast Guard responded and found that this was also a hoax. The perpetrator hasn’t been found and the rescue mission cost the Coast Guard nearly $90,000.
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