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#1 Hum

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 16:22

The Coast Guard was searching with vessels and aircraft Monday for four family members, including two children under 8, who reported that they were forced to abandon their sailboat because it was sinking south of San Francisco.

The group was approximately 65 miles off Monterey around 4:20 p.m. Sunday when they made a distress call, Coast Guard Lt. Heather Lampert said. Their location initially was reported farther north, but Lampert said investigators using the boat's radio signal and radar now believe the call came in west of Monterey Bay, which is about 100 miles south of San Francisco. The boat did not have a working GPS system.

The boaters said their 29-foot sailboat was taking on water and their electronics were failing.

An hour later, the group reported it was forced to abandon the boat. They didn't have life rafts, so they were trying to make one out of a cooler and life preserver ring, Lampert said.

The Coast Guard then lost radio contact with the group. The Coast Guard has not identified the family, although investigators were able to determine from the broken distress calls that they were a husband and wife, their 4-year-old son and his cousin, Lampert said. The agency has received no missing persons' reports.

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#2 Jason S.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 19:36

well that's sad, but they didnt seem to have the proper emergency equipment...

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:02

It always pays to be prepared for anything.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:04

Drowned and gone, no doubt.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:11

It is unbelievable that people don't wear life vests. A foolish way to lose a life...

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 00:55

Apparently a hoax ...

Despite an extensive 42-hour search, the Coast Guard has been unable to find a boat reported missing off the Monterey coast this week, prompting authorities to consider the sinking may have been a hoax.


http://www.foxnews.c...intcmp=trending

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:22

^ Maybe they were trying to fake their deaths or something?

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:30

I noticed the 'dad' sounded a little too care-free and relaxed, for his ship sinking, and maybe about to lose your lives.