SANDY HOOK (WABC) -- Authorities believe a reported yacht explosion off the New Jersey coast was likely a hoax, and the Coast Guard wants to find out who is responsible.
A costly rescue mission is now a criminal investigation, after the Coast Guard and emergency crews from New Jersey and New York raced to respond to a distress call that reported that a yacht, called "Blind Date," had exploded about 17 miles off Sandy Hook.
The transmission came in around 4:20 p.m. Monday, and the caller said that 21 people onboard had made it off the ship and seven were injured.
So, we pay, air and boat crews were put in danger, and a whole bunch of emergency personnel stood around for 6 hours waiting for nonexistent casualties to be brought to shore. I'd say we all should be quite pissed every time a "prank" like this is committed regardless of who was the target. Idiots are wasting our money and putting innocent people in mortal danger. That's the bottom line.