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http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/06/us_coast_guard_increases_rewar.html

Please explain to me why someone would initiate such an elaborate and dangerous hoax. What do you get out of it except maybe ten years in Leavenworth (or maybe 'leven years in Twelveworth :pmsl). We're not talking about pulling a fire alarm to get out of trigonometry class. People could die. And who calls the Coast Guard on the phone? I wouldn't even know the number. Or do most boaters not bother with VHF anymore?
 

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They should drop this guy off sandy hook if they find him..
 

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Absolutely unbelievable. Never cry wolf... These people are here to help us and risk their own lives doing it!!!

VHF at best will reach 20 miles if your antenna is high enough. I've had cell service out to about 10 on a good day... If you don't have the local coast guards number in your phone, you should log it in your contacts. Never hurts to have options. Boats on fire and you ditch you can still use the cell if you kept it dry in a ditch bag and you made a life raft. Hand held VHF is 4-5 miles at best. I put mine in a zipper waterproof bag inside our ditch bag every time we go offshore
 

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FULL METAL JACKET said:
Absolutely unbelievable. Never cry wolf... These people are here to help us and risk their own lives doing it!!!

VHF at best will reach 20 miles if your antenna is high enough. I've had cell service out to about 10 on a good day... If you don't have the local coast guards number in your phone, you should log it in your contacts. Never hurts to have options. Boats on fire and you ditch you can still use the cell if you kept it dry in a ditch bag and you made a life raft. Hand held VHF is 4-5 miles at best. I put mine in a zipper waterproof bag inside our ditch bag every time we go offshore
If you are in the sound (lets say off Northport) would you be close enough to cell towers in either CT or NY?

In any case this tool that caused the drill will have his day of reckonning.
 

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BLAMMO said:
What do you get out of it except maybe ten years in Leavenworth (or maybe 'leven years in Twelveworth :pmsl).
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He's here all week kiddies! Tip your waitress and try the veal!
 

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With VHF you have direct comm to the nearest CG station on ch. 16, plus they can use ADF to find you fast. No guessing or searching. Of course in this case, that was not the desired result.
 

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BLAMMO said:
With VHF you have direct comm to the nearest CG station on ch. 16, plus they can use ADF to find you fast. No guessing or searching. Of course in this case, that was not the desired result.
Yes Ofcourse. But like I said, if there's a fire or the boat goes down fast, you'll lose your VHF... Always good to have a backup plan... I was kinda hoping to get a cell tower atop one of the windmills if they approved it to extend cell service out further into the south shore sea
 

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It seems to me this was a diversion to keep the authorities busy while another crime occurred.  Wouldn't be surprised if someone smuggled something in by boat while this hoax was going down.  JMO, or maybe I watch too many movies....
 

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I just heard there was an exact same distress call last year on the same day and time..
 

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I just heard there was an exact same distress call last year on the same day and time..
Great, now when someone goes down in the years to come, they will think its fake if it's at that time.

Had a buddy go down 40 miles out in october with 3 guys a few years back... One unconscious... Those guys do an extraordinary job at helping people and bringing them home safe... Big thanks to NYPD harbor patrol for scooping them up and bringing them home to their families!!!
 

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You would be amazed how often we had to deal with hoaxes like this.
 
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