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Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, Ore., received this suspected hoax distress call May 18, 2013, from Hayden Island, near downtown Portland, Ore. Sector Columbia River has received five similar suspected hoax distress calls in recent months, launching assets and costing taxpayers thousands. (Audio courtesy of Sector Columbia River)



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Date Taken:05.18.2013

Date Posted:06.11.2013

Category:Newscasts

Audio ID:33707

Length:00:00:05

Filename:1306/DOD_100835025.mp3

Location:ASTORIA, OR, USGlobe

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