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Sailboat missing off CA coast

Anyone know any other details? I hate to read the part about two young kids.

Two children among four missing off coast of San Francisco - CNN.com
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This smacks of a hoax. I hope it is.
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Re: Sailboat missing off CA coast

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This smacks of a hoax. I hope it is.
I hate to say it but, in this case, I also hope it is a hoax and, if so, that the hoaxter is caught and strung up from a yard-arm. If not....I don't even want to think about it.
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Re: Sailboat missing off CA coast

There's enough specifics in this report to make me think it's not a hoax: Two adults, two children missing after abandoning sailboat off California coast - U.S. News

The hoaxes that have occurred around here are usually one non-specific "mayday" either by a kid or drunk person playing around.

I can't imagine those poor kids being put in a situation like that.
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Re: Sailboat missing off CA coast

Curious why it may be a hoax? Insurance or?, lack of an EPIRB signal? The CG may be able to determine the general location of the transmission? If it is real they are in heap big trouble:

Northern California NOAA/CDIP Buoy Data

Coastal Waters Forecast for Waters from Cape Mendocino to Pt. Arena CA from 10 to 60 nm (PZZ475)

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Re: Sailboat missing off CA coast

Iin 2 forums you guys have claimed this a hoax.

I would hate to need to get rescued if you lot were in the Coast Guard!

Just imagine a 4 year old and an 8 year old drowing while your fingers are doing the talking?

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Re: Sailboat missing off CA coast

If it is not a hoax I hope they will be picked up in time. And after that I hope the authorities to persecute the fathers to endanger their children.

Going offshore in a 29ft boat in this time of the year with a warning of bad weather and without carrying an Epirp is criminal negligence in what regards the safety of the children.
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Re: Sailboat missing off CA coast

Reasons why this may be a hoax:

1.- 65 miles offshore in a small boat with 2 little kids in rough conditions in the middle of winter with no EPIRB and no PFDs? Who does that?

2.- "Electronics" conveniently failing. No further response necessary on the part of the hoaxer.

3.- Nobody has reported a boat and crew overdue.

4.- The CG does not know the boat's departure point or destination.

BTW, MarkofSeaLife- for all we know the Coasties suspect this is a hoax as well. That doesn't mean they aren't going to make every effort. They are, of course. That's what they are there for.
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Re: Sailboat missing off CA coast

I did not even think hoax when I read about this today. I thought, "What a terrible tragedy!". That water is so cold, if you're not found immediately you cannot survive. But a number of you made some good supporting arguments for a hoax. A very selfish hoax if it is.
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Re: Sailboat missing off CA coast

I certainly hope it is a hoax. Last couple of days we have had some"nice" winter winds (gusting 20+); and that is inside the bay. Outside, with temperatures colder, waves bigger, gusts stronger, I would not be out in a boat that small unless I was well prepared.
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