Coast Guard investigating Mayday call from fishing vessel

Updated 4 years ago

The Coast Guard says a Mayday call that resulted in a six-hour search along Maine’s coast might have been a hoax.The Coast Guard received a radio call around noon Saturday from a man who said his name was Elwood Patton and that his vessel, the Steven Bowden, was sinking in Penobscot Bay between Vinalhaven and Deer Isle. The man later said his boat had sunk and he was in the water.The Coast Guard dispatched a 25-foot response boat, two helicopters and a Falcon jet, and was assisted by the Maine Marine Patrol, the Knox County Sheriff’s Department and others – but nothing turned up. The guard says it spent $176,000 on the search. Officials say the call was either a hoax or a case of a sunken vessel that they can’t find.


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