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Coast Guard suspends search of Chesapeake after distress call

U.S. Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard suspended a search of the Chesapeake Bay on Thursday for a vessel that sent out a distress call Wednesday evening.

Coast Guard and local officials roamed 180 square miles over a 12-hour period, focusing on two places in the Bay where the call originated, in the mouth of the Choptank River and between Deale Beach and North Beach, Petty Officer Jason Stanley, a search and rescue controller working the case, said in a statement. There were no signs of any boat in distress.

"There has been no additional information regarding a missing boater or overdue vessel to warrant additional searches," he said.

The distress call came out about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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