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Hoax probe.

POLICE have questioned a man about a hoax that cost pounds 20,000 and involved more than 50 people in a major sea search.

The man from Sunderland has been spoken to by police investigating the large-scale search on Friday.

It was triggered by a series of distress calls to the Humber Coastguard from a caller claiming to be the skipper of a sinking boat.

During the 90-minute search between the Tyne and Tees, a Sea King helicopter from RAF Boulmer, in Northumberland, was scrambled, along with four lifeboat crews from along the North East coast.

It is estimated about 50 people were involved in the search.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 28, 2007
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