HANG 'EM HIGH!
Posted 12 June 2012 - 05:25 AM
Mystery at Sea: Yacht Explosion Report May Be Hoax
By CHRISTINA NG, RICHARD ESPOSITO and DEAN SCHABNER | ABC News
The Coast Guard responded to a reported yacht explosion in the Atlantic Ocean about 17.5 miles east of Sandy Hook, N.J. where at least nine passengers were reportedly injured today, but officials are considering the possibility that the call was a hoax.
More than three after a distress call saying 21 people had safely abandoned ship but nine had serious burns, neither a flotilla of rescue boats nor a flight of helicopters could find any evidence of the vessel Blind Date or any wreckage from an explosion, according to the Coast Guard. No victims had been found, either.
After receiving the call, the Coast Guard declared a mass casualty incident and requested multiple helicopters to assist with rescue.
Nine people were reported to have second and third degree burns, and 21 people were said to be on board, Coast Guard Petty Officer Erik Swanson said.
"The explosion was reported to us by one of the people on board the vessel after it happened from a solar powered radio, because their electronics on board were destroyed during the explosion," Swanson said.
Officials with several agencies involved in the search said told ABC News it is "highly unusual" to be unable to locate any debris or find any survivors when they receive such a clear position and respond as quickly as they did in this case.
ABC News reached the owners of the yachts Blind Date and Blind Date II, and both said their boats were not lost at sea. The owner of the Blind Date II, however, said there is another yacht called Blind Date that is moored in the Netherlands.
The Coast Guard was notified at 4:20 p.m. of an explosion on board a yacht called the Blind Date, according to WABC. Passengers reported that they had suffered "some kind of explosion on the boat," according to the Coast Guard. Authorities do not know the cause or scale of the explosion.
All of the boat's passengers were forced to abandon ship and were in life rafts, and all of the passengers were accounted for, the person who called it in told the Coast Guard.
A private boat, the Erica, was nearby and was on-scene helping the victims while they wait for the Coast Guard to arrive, the caller said.
Two New York Police Department helicopters responded to the scene. Two medevac landing zones were set up on Sandy Hook and nearby Atlantic Highlands for ambulances to meet.
Posted 13 June 2012 - 07:14 PM
Ok I apologize - it wasn't clear from the initial reports when they said "9 people were reported to have... burns" that they were talking about the initial call. I read it to mean the reporter had gotten those numbers from the CG or other responders.
so... the 9 people just had a really bad sunburn?
This is completely f'd up. The Coast Guard works with a small budget to begin with. I hope they triangulate this guy's ass and fast-rope a seal team in to deal with his 'emergency'
Posted 13 June 2012 - 11:51 PM
Posted 14 June 2012 - 12:33 AM
The Coast Guard guys will ALWAYS answer the call to action. They are a well trained and well disciplined group. We are lucky to have them available to save our butts. Geez, considering their importance I think we should cut their budget by 30%.
I have been boarded three times over the last couple years during my daily commute across Puget Sound. Every boarding was handled in a very professional manner and the guardsmen were very pleasant and respectful of me and my craft.
Nothing but positive experiences here.
Posted 14 June 2012 - 06:10 PM
Posted 14 June 2012 - 07:17 PM
Posted 14 June 2012 - 07:41 PM
"$3,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person responsible for making the false distress call"