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Coast Guard searches for boater who made mayday call off Malibu coast

March 24, 2010 | 10:57 am

A rescue helicopter combed the waters off Malibu on Wednesday after receiving a mysterious mayday transmission from a boater, authorities said.

“This is King Fisher I, mayday, mayday, mayday, come back Coast Guard,” a man’s voice was heard saying over the radio about 2:09 a.m., according to U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Matthew Schofield.

The man made no further transmissions. The radio call was traced to an area about 30 miles offshore from Point Dume.

A U.S. Coast Guard rescue helicopter flew search patterns over the area but had not found any stranded or distressed vessels.

The Coast Guard has posted an audio recording of the transmission online and is asking anyone who recognizes the voice to call (310) 521-3801.

-- Tony Barboza

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