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Coast Guard gets call for help – 11 miles west of Newport – searches and finds nothing – cancels search

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After receiving a cry over the radio for help – “Help me!” – and then silence late Thursday morning, the Coast Guard launched a search in an area they believe the signal came from – 11 miles off Newport.

Coast Guard North Bend has broadcasted multiple times a notice to mariners to keep their ears and eyes peeled for a mariner possibly in distress.

A Coast Guard helicopter searched the area yesterday afternoon and talked with many mariners in the area but came up with no leads on who or where the distressed mariner might be. Late Thursday evening the Coast Guard cancelled their search.

The Coast Guard gets several of these kinds of calls every year – calls that are probably hoaxes. But the Coast Guard is duty-bound to check them out, which wastes their time and could unwittingly divert or delay responses for others who might be in REAL danger.

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