The audio from the hoax call was released today.
“We have three deceased and nine injured. We have had an explosion on board that’s why we are taking on water,” said a man claiming to be the yacht’s captain.
Except the man wasn’t radioing from 17 1/2 miles off shore as he claimed — he was probably making the call from somewhere on dry land, Coast Guard officials said.
“I’m in about 3 1/2 feet of water on the bridge right now. I’m going to stand by as long as I can before I have to bail,” the fake captain said.