By Levon Putney

SANDY HOOK, NJ (WCBS 880) — The Coast Guard has suspended their search for a 33-foot sailboat off Sandy Hook. Officials say they think the distress call may be a hoax.

“We didn’t see anything that would lead us to believe that any vessels were in distress or any people were in distress and no sign of any debris,” said spokesperson Petty Officer Jetta Disco.

Disco says after a call came in Tuesday saying the sailboat Courtney Lynn was taking on water, she says they sent two boats, a helicopter and a plane to search.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reports: Coast Guard Suspends Search For ‘Missing’ Sailboat

“It was roughly $88,000,” Disco said about the cost of the search.

Officials are now offering up to $1,000 for information leading to whoever made the false distress call.

She says they spent 10 hours covering 600-square miles.

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