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Capsized boat hoax triggers search

Canadian Coast Guard officials are trying to track down a prank caller after a phony report of a capsized boat launched a search-and-rescue operation.

The call came in via VHF radio at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, claiming a boat had overturned and several people were in the water near Baie D'Urfe, on Montreal's West Island.

The Coast Guard dispatched three air units while the Montreal fire department sent 15 firefighters on three boats to scour the area.

About two hours later, the male caller contacted authorities again, this time saying a sailboat had capsized in the Lachine rapids with six people on board.

"When we got on scene, we quickly realized there was nobody there," Stacy Dufour, of the Canadian Coast Guard Maritime Rescue in Quebec City, told CBC News.

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