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Bay search likely sparked by hoax

Sandusky Register Staff • Dec 30, 2010 at 1:37 PM


Several area fire departments and police departments searched the Sandusky Bay shoreline Wednesday night after the Coast Guard sector headquarters in Detroit reported hearing a radio call of a boat sinking in the bay.

The search started when a call was heard stating, "We're sinking, we're sinking," and was suspended at about 9:30 p.m. when no signs of distress were found in the ice-covered water.

As of Thursday morning nothing has been found, said Search and Rescuer controller Don Chase. Chase said it could have been a hoax and, unless any new information comes forward, the search will not resume.

Petty Officer Josh Shirey in Detroit said the radio call had been pinpointed to a location in the Sandusky Bay.

Bay View, Margaretta and Sandusky fire departments checked the shoreline and Coast Guard Station Marblehead sent out airboats, according to Coast Guard and local authorities.

Additionally, a Coast Guard helicopter from Sector Detroit searched the entire bay, Petty Officer Shirey said.

The bay was completely covered over in ice and searchers found no holes or any sign someone had gone through, Shirey said.

"All we found were some ice fishermen and they didn't seem like they were in distress," Shirey said.

According to initial radio traffic, the search started in the area of the bay east of the Edison Bridge, around Bay View, but later shifted to the shallower portion of the bay west of the bridge, to the mouth of the Sandusky River.

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