• Coast Guard says flares in Cape Cod Bay were false alert

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    SANDWICH, Mass. - The U.S. Coast Guard called off a search Tuesday morning after flare inicated a possible boat in distress in Cape Cod Bay.

    A search was launched just before 6 p.m. Monday after the Coast Guard received word from several witnesses that flares were seen coming from a boat in distress in the waters off Sandwich.

    Police later told Boston 25 News they were suspending the search and believed the flares were a false alert.

    They also said there were no reports of missing boats in the area and no radio reports of requests for help.

    Still, the Coast Guard said it resumed its search at first light to make sure no one was left overnight on the water in such cold temperatures. 

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