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...

Rescue 21 Communications System Introduced in North Carolina

ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. – The U.S. Coast Guard formally accepted and introduced their new Rescue 21 advanced communications system at a ceremony today at Sector North Carolina.

Coast Guard charges Schrenker with false distress call

MOBILE, Ala. — The U.S. Coast Guard processed an arrest warrant on fugitive pilot Marcus Schrenker Wednesday with communicating a false distress message and willfully destroying or wrecking an aircraft.