Coast Guard investigating possible hoax case, requesting public assistance

Coast Guard investigating possible hoax case, requesting public assistance
googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1461251439213-0'); }); PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard is investigating a possible hoax call after multiple Coast Guard assets and partner agencies responded to a distress call that was made via VHF-FM channel 16 Sunday at approximately 2:45 a.m. near Beaufort, N.C. As part of this investigation, the Coast Guard is seeking...

Coast Guard Offers $3,000 Reward in New Jersey Hoax Distress Call Case

Coast Guard Offers $3,000 Reward in New Jersey Hoax Distress Call Case
NEW YORK – The Coast Guard is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person responsible for making a false distress call to the Coast Guard Monday, reporting a vessel explosion and sinking east of Sandy Hook, N.J. Anyone with information regarding false distress calls is encouraged to anonymously contact the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service at...

Hoax distress calls can cost lives, resources

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi suspended five searches in October suspected of being hoaxes. Not every distress call is real, and a false mayday call can unnecessarily put crews in dangerous situations while wasting valuable resource hours. Approximately 80 man-hours were expended during the five cases. In total, Air Station Corpus Christi completed two searches with an...

Coast Guard’s advanced technology locates hoax caller

NEW YORK – The U.S. Coast Guard located a hoax caller who made a false distress call from a vessel in Long Island Sound, N.Y., Wednesday, June 15, 2011. Both Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound and Sector New York received a distress “mayday” call for help on VHF Channel 16. A boatcrew from Station Eaton’s Neck, N.Y. was diverted to locate the boater after several attempts to contact them...

Coast Guard suspends New Jersey search

NEW YORK –Coast Guard rescue crews have suspended a search for four people who reportedly abandoned ship in the vicinity of Sandy Hook, N.J., Tuesday, June 14, 2011. This case is now being investigated as a possible hoax call. Making a false distress call is a federal felony with a maximum penalty of five to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, $8,000 civil penalty and the possible reimbursement...

False maritime distress calls affect USCG, taxpayers, and mariners in distress

SEATTLE – John W. Graham, 37, of Seattle, was indicted, Wednesday, by a federal grand jury for three counts of making false statements related to phony reports of a vessel in distress. For more than 220 years the U.S. Coast Guard has responded to distress calls at sea and in local waterways. Usually the callers are truly in distress. But some of those calls are suspected or found to be false...

Seattle man indicted for reporting false distress call to Coast Guard

Seattle – JOHN W. GRAHAM, 37, of Seattle, Washington was indicted late yesterday by a federal grand jury for three counts of making false statements related to phony reports of a vessel in distress. On November 18, 2009, GRAHAM transmitted a signal to the Coast Guard on the International Hailing and Distress Frequency (VHF Marine Band Channel 16), in which he falsely claimed he had heard and...

Coast Guard stresses penalties and consequences of hoax calls

NEW YORK – The U.S. Coast Guard Sector New York command center received two probable hoax calls this week. In one instance, when a probable hoax call was relayed through a radio tower, the person made a statement of distress but failed to respond to the Coast Guard’s numerous replies for assistance. The Coast Guard later determined this call to be a hoax, but not until after local authorities...

Coast Guard investigating hoax distress calls near Hobe Sound, Fla.

MIAMI – The Coast Guard is investigating a series of hoax mayday calls after multiple false distress calls were made on VHF-FM Channel 16 over the past month near Hobe Sound, Fla. The Coast Guard received a series of hoax mayday calls in early November from a person in the vicinity of Hobe Sound stating he was in distress and his boat was sinking due to a crack in the hull. When asked to provide...