Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, July 31, 2014
Coast Guard calls off search in Penobscot Bay
No sign of source of distress call
by Anne Berleant
A Coast Guard search for the source of a distress call sent from Eggemoggin Reach was called off around 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 30.
“Help Coast Guard, I need some help. I’m going underwater,” was heard on July 29 over VHF-Channel 16 at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England in Portland, according to a press release. The Coast Guard’s Rescue 21 radio system narrowed the caller’s position down to the Eggemoggin Reach and initiated a search of the area using an HC-144 airplane from a Cape Cod, Mass., station, a helicopter from the Air Station Cape Cod and Coast Guard Cutter Moray from Jonesport.
“We searched all the way through the Eggemoggin Reach and everywhere in the Penobscot [Bay] along the area where we received the call,” said Lieutenant Scott McCann on the morning of July 30. “There were no signs of distress located.”
Area residents also took note of the continued fly-overs by USCG helicopters and took to social media to discuss what they saw and heard.
While the search by air is halted pending any new developments, the Coast Guard asks the public to call with any new information. The number for the Sector Northern New England Command Center is (207) 767-0303.