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Stolen watercraft prompts Coast Guard search of Lake Erie

If it was a prank, the US Coast Guard isn't amused. A report of an empty personal watercraft off the Lake Erie shore in western New York prompted an air and water search yesterday.

An abandoned Jet Ski was found, but officials say there was no sign of anyone in the water. But the search turned up several more abandoned watercraft and a power boat along the shore, some with their throttles tied open. Authorities say all were reported stolen. Police say they believe the thieves took the Jet Skis for a joyride and set them loose.

The Jet Skis and the boat were towed back to Dunkirk and returned to their owners.

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