‘Vessel in Distress’ Call A False Report

Shortly before 6PM Tuesday, calls came in for a vessel in distress near the Newport Bridge – a boat carrying 15 people was taking on water.

However, after several hours of searching, including over a dozen rescue boats and a Coast Guard helicopter, nothing was found. Officials told ABC6 News the call to the Coast Guard was likely a false report, or a hoax.

ABC6 News Reporter Paul Mueller filed this report.