SANDY HOOK, N.J. - The Coast Guard says two hoax calls reporting an explosion on a motor yacht off central New Jersey came from land and the rescue effort cost the agency tens of thousands of dollars.
Deputy Commander Gregory Hitchen says the search and rescue operation cost at least $88,000 and lasted about four hours on Monday. He says the emergency call came from a radio that was being used over land, not over water.
An investigation has begun to determine who was responsible. The agency is offering a $3,000 reward.
The caller reported the boat had 21 people aboard and several were injured.
The caller also claimed the vessel sank but everyone aboard had made it to life rafts. Authorities found no sign of any people or any distress in the water.