Futile search leads to hoax suspicions

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The Coast Guard suspended its search Tuesday morning, pending further developments, for a possible vessel taking on water and sinking Sunday approximately 30 miles east of Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville, Fla., watchstanders received a distress call via VHF radio at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday reporting that a vessel, a Contender center console, was taking on water and quickly sinking. All communication was lost with the people aboard before a location was passed to the Coast Guard.

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