Maine man charged with false distress call to Coast Guard

Maine man charged with false distress call to Coast Guard
ROCKLAND, MAINE — Nathan Libby, of Rockland, has been charged with making a false distress call to the Coast Guard on December 3rd, 2020 via VHF-FM radio channel 16. Based on the call, the Coast Guard initiated a search spanning more than five hours, which included the use of a local Coast Guard vessel, a Maine Marine Patrol vessel, and a helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod. A criminal...

Coast Guard convenes highest-level marine casualty investigation into loss of Conception

Coast Guard convenes highest-level marine casualty investigation into loss of Conception
WASHINGTON – The Coast Guard assistant commandant for prevention policy, Rear Adm. Richard Timme, announced Wednesday that he has convened a formal Marine Board of Investigation (MBI) to investigate the loss of the small passenger vessel Conception. The Conception caught fire and sank in the early morning hours of Sept. 2, 2019, just off Santa Cruz Island in California. Only five of the 39 people...

Breaking the law: Coast Guard crews and US attorneys review evidence procedures

Breaking the law: Coast Guard crews and US attorneys review evidence procedures
Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Scott Manion gives a tour of the station’s small boats to several assistant U.S. attorneys and interns from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Laughlin) CLEVELAND — Crews from Cleveland U.S. Coast Guard units hosted Department of Justice assistant U.S. attorneys and interns...

Virginia man sentenced to 14 months in prison for false distress report

Virginia man sentenced to 14 months in prison for false distress report
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — A Smithfield man was sentenced Monday in U.S. Federal Court in Newport News for falsifying statements to law enforcement officers in 2014, which launched a search and rescue operation involving multiple agencies. Bryan Serafini, 43, was sentenced to 14 months incarceration, three years supervised probation and full restitution of $117,913 in costs associated with the search. Serafini...

Former Coast Guard Petty Officer prosecuted for fake distress call

Former Coast Guard Petty Officer prosecuted for fake distress call
BOSTON — The U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Attorney Office announced jointly Thursday that Shane Coxon, 24, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington for knowingly making a false distress call to the Coast Guard in July 2010. Coxon was sentenced to time-served of approximately three and a half months imprisonment to be followed by two years of supervised release....