Family Missing At Sea; Audio Of Distress Call Released By Clueless Coast Guard [AUDIO]

By iScienceTimes Staff on February 26, 2013 9:01 AM EST

Family Missing At Sea
A family missing at sea since Sunday faces tough survival conditions in water that is 40 degrees Fahrenheit. (Photo: Reuters)

The Coast Guard reported Monday that the agency has still found no signs of a family missing at sea since Sunday when they picked up a distress call from a man who said he was abandoning ship with his wife and two small children. The distress call from the family missing at sea came from the waters west of Monterey Bay, Calif. Authorities have issued warnings to boaters sailing those waters this past weekend because of increasingly rough seas. Beyond the distress call not much about the family, or their location, is known.

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"There is still no information on where the boat was coming from, where it was going or who the people on board are," Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Mike Lutz told the Associated Press.

The family missing at sea is believed to contain at least two children under the age of eight, as well as a husband and wife. The group made its first distress call late Sunday afternoon, Coast Guard Lt. Heather Lampert said. Investigators used the boat's radio signal and radar to determine the call came from an area about 60 miles west of Monterey. The Coast Guard has also released a recording of the distress call in the hopes of finding more information about the family missing at sea.  A man's voice can be heard on the recording saying "Coast Guard, Coast Guard, we are abandoning ship."

Ocean temperatures for the area are in the 40s and 50s, making long-term survival difficult.

The boat, believed to be a 29-foot sailboat, did not have a GPS tracking system, according to the Coast Guard. The agency has been reaching out to harbors along the California coast but have turned up nothing so far. The Coast Guard plans to extend its search for the family missing at sea to Hawaii, Seattle and Canada.

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