Coast Guard responds to uncorrelated mayday

SEATTLE -The Coast Guard responded to a mayday call received at 7:03 p.m. in the vicinity of Budd Inlet, Wash., Monday.

The caller’s broadcast said ‘mayday, mayday, mayday.’ Coast Guard Sector Seattle replied to the distress call but did not receive a response.

The Coast Guard’s Rescue 21 system, which is designed to essentially take the ‘search’ out of search-and-rescue, only received one navigational line of bearing as a result of the call.

A rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles was launched to search the area in which the call came from. The search produced negative results. A Thurston County, Wash., marine unit along with a Port of Olympia, Wash., official also conducted a search with negative results of a vessel in distress.

The Coast Guard requests that anyone having any information of this mayday call to contact Coast Guard Sector Seattle at 206-217-6001, Thurston County Sheriff’s Department or their local law enforcement agency.

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