Coast Guard seeking public’s assistance in regard to distress call in Penobscot Bay

Posted July 30, 2014, at 9:38 a.m.
Last modified July 30, 2014, at 2:38 p.m.

PENOBSCOT BAY, Maine — The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help in regard to a distress call made in Penobscot Bay on Tuesday, according to Lt. Scott McCann.

The call was received by watch standers at the Coast Guard’s Northern New England sector in Portland from an individual stating, “Help Coast Guard, I need some help. I’m going underwater.”

McCann said the Coast Guard’s rescue radio system narrowed the caller’s position to Eggemoggin Reach, which is north of Deer Isle.

The Coast Guard used aircraft and watercraft to search for any signs of distress, McCann said, before suspending the search on Wednesday afternoon.

“We’ve thoroughly searched all waterborne areas from which the radio call could have originated, and [we] investigated all possible leads on the water, with no indication as to why the call was made,” McCann said. “After 17 hours of searching, we’ve suspended activity on the water pending further developments.”

Anyone with information should call the Coast Guard Sector Northern New England Command Center at 767-0303.

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