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Coast Guard Searches for Boat in Distress Off Oregon Coast

The searches provided no signs of there having been any vessel in distress in the area.

Coast Guard helicopter
File photo by Tim King

(SEATTLE) - Coast Guard rescue crews are responding to a report of a recreational vessel in distress in the vicinity of Winchester Bay, 20 miles north of Coos Bay, Oregon.

The Coast Guard Group at North Bend received the report at 2:00 AM from someone stating that they were aboard the recreational vessel Rubber Ducky and had run out of food and water. Later another call came in stating that the vessel was taking on water.

Coast Guard Group North Bend launched an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and Station Umpqua River launched a response boat crew to assist the vessel.

The searches provided no signs of there having been any vessel in distress in the area.

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Steve M. April 15, 2008 7:53 am (Pacific time)

thy do make GPS and if hook to a VHF marine radio, thy can track your loc.

Anonymous April 14, 2008 8:21 am (Pacific time)

be like people calling 911 and no Emergency!

steve April 14, 2008 8:18 am (Pacific time)

Prob just some kids playing with a VHF marine Radio(ch 16)and their is a way u can track them......and as far as the boat name a Rubber Ducky is a small Ant. that goe's on a handheld Radio. I have been boating for a long time and know the laws and the rules of the when people do this kind of stuff it make us look bad not to say the USCG and their time!and if it was a real Emergency then that diff.but just to play!

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