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UPDATE: Coast Guard Finds Source of Distress Call; Canoeists on Maine Island
05/07/2013 3:05 PM ET  

The Coast Guard has ended its search for a missing boater off the Maine coast after finding a group of canoeists who were safe on an island in Blue Hill Bay.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Coast Guard officials in Portland received a distress call at 7:43 p.m. Monday from a man who gave his position as west of Mount Desert Island, but did not provide the nature of his distress or the name of the vessel.

The Coast Guard launched a boat and searched in thick fog throughout the night before finding a group of 25 school members with 10 canoes around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday on Long Island.

Officials said the group became disoriented in the fog and put out the distress call before coming upon the island, where they camped for the night.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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