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SOURCE - RESTRICTION: KGO - Courtesy/Embargo San Francisco

Location - Date: MONTEREY, Calif. - Feb. 26

1.Various of Coast Guard searching the water off the coast

STORYLINE

THE COAST GUARD IS CALLING OFF THE SEARCH FOR FOUR BOATERS--REPORTEDLY MISSING OFF THE COAST OF CENTRAL CALIFORNIA.

OFFICIALS NOW SAY THE FAMILY'S DISTRESS CALLS MAY HAVE BEEN A HOAX.

OVER THE WEEKEND--THE COAST GUARD RECEIVED FRANTIC DISTRESS CALLS FROM A FAMILY...THEY WERE SUPPOSEDLY ON BOARD A BOAT THAT WAS TAKING ON WATER AND THEIR ELECTRONICS WERE FAILING.

TWO ADULTS AND TWO CHILDREN WERE REPORTEDLY ON THE BOAT -- THEY WERE SAID TO HAVE ABANDONED IT ABOUT 65 MILES OUT TO SEA.

RESCUE CREWS SEARCHED BY AIR AND SEA FOR NEARLY 48 HOURS...BUT THEY DIDN'T FIND ANY DEBRIS OR PHYSICAL SIGNS OF DISTRESS.

THE COAST GUARD SAYS THEY ALSO HAD NO REPORTS OF A FAMILY MISSING AT SEA.

INITIALLY THE BOAT'S LOCATION WAS REPORTED FARTHER NORTH...INVESTIGATORS NOW BELIEVE THE CALL CAME FROM WEST OF MONTEREY BAY--ABOUT 100 MILES SOUTH OF SAN FRANCISCO.

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Four people missing after reporting their sailboat was sinking south of San Francisco are a husband, wife, their 4-year-old son and his cousin, also a child.

Coast Guard Lt. Heather Lampert says the agency was able to gather that information from broken distress calls the family began making around 4:20 p.m. Sunday.

The boaters said their 29-foot sailboat was taking on water and the electronics were failing. Lampert says investigators using the boat's radio signal and radar now believe the call came in from an area about 60 miles west of Monterey, farther south than earlier reported.

The boat and air search focused there Monday morning. Lampert says the sailboat did not have a working GPS system.

She says the Coast Guard has not received any missing persons' reports.

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