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Coast Guard probes possible hoax call

The Coast Guard launched an investigation Tuesday into a possible hoax after a 10-hour search off Sandy Hook, N.J., turned up no sign of four boaters who sent distress calls saying they were abandoning ship.

Boats, planes and helicopters were dispatched before sunrise in a rescue operation that joined together military, state and local agencies and reportedly cost the Coast Guard almost $88,000. The rescue was called off in the afternoon after a search of a 600-square-mile area failed to turn up a boat, debris or the sailors.

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