Maine Coast Guard seeks assistance with distress call

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — The Coast Guard is seeking assistance Monday regarding an uncorrelated distress call near Penobscot Bay, about one mile off the coast of Maine.

Around 4:15 p.m., Monday, Coast Guard Sector Northern New England received a radio distress from a man claiming to be aboard a boat that had run out of gas between Camden, Maine, and Lincolnville, Maine.

Coast Guard Station Rockland, Maine launched a 25-foot boat crew to the area to search for the boater, but found no signs of distress in the area.

The Maine Marine Patrol, Penobscot Island Ferries, and good Samaritans in the area helped with the search, but also found nothing.

On August 2, Sector Northern New England received a similar radio distress call from the same area. When rescue crews got on scene, there were no signs of a boater in trouble.

“Our goal is to locate the person making the calls in order to verify if someone is truly in need of assistance from the Coast Guard,” said Chief Petty Officer Christopher Wheeler, the command duty officer on the case at Sector Northern New England.

Anyone with information that can help authorities identify the caller is encouraged to call Sector Northern New England’s command center at 207-767-0303. The audio of the call can be heard here.

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