Coast Guard seeks public’s help in locating false distress caller in Lynwood, CA

Coast Guard seeks public's help in locating false distress caller in Lynwood, CA
SAN PEDRO, Calif. — The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help in finding a person who has made several suspected false distress alerts to the Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach command center since late December. The caller transmits Digital Selective Calling distress alerts repeatedly through VHF-FM radio transmissions and is believed to be located in the vicinity of Lynwood. Shortly...

Hoax calls affect us all

Hoax calls affect us all
Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Kayla Gamester explains the impacts of hoax distress calls at Coast Guard Station Curtis Bay, Baltimore, July 3, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ronald Hodges) “This is the fishing vessel SOL E MAR. This is a MAYDAY, we’re sinking, we need help now!” were the some of the last words of 19-year-old Billy Hokanson, as the fishing boat...

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, Ore., responded to 3 suspected hoax distress calls on Sunday

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, Ore., responded to 3 suspected hoax distress calls on Sunday
ASTORIA, Ore. — Coast Guard Sector Columbia River crews responded to three suspected hoax distress calls near Clatskanie, Ore., and Portland, Ore., Sunday. Sector Columbia River launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria and a 25-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Portland in response to the calls, searching for more than four hours and costing taxpayers...

Coast Guard emphasizes education on the impact false distress calls have on operations

Coast Guard emphasizes education on the impact false distress calls have on operations
BOSTON — The Coast Guard is calling attention to the dangers and risks of hoax distress calls after launching air and boat crews to respond to a radio transition of a child’s voice making a mayday call Saturday at approximately 6:46 p.m. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England’s command center received the call. The call was made with no position or nature of distress...

Coast Guard releases new information in New Jersey probable hoax case

Coast Guard releases new information in New Jersey probable hoax case
NEW YORK – The Coast Guard continues to investigate a probable hoax distress call that was received June 11, 2012, alleging a yacht explosion off Sandy Hook, N.J. Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service New York received the distress call at approximately 4:20 p.m., reportedly from the master of the yacht Blind Date, stating the vessel suffered an explosion with 21 people aboard. A massive, multi-agency...

After probable hoax call, Coast Guard emphasizes consequences, impact on operations

After probable hoax call, Coast Guard emphasizes consequences, impact on operations
BOSTON — After launching air and boat crews from Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey to conduct a 5 1/2-hour, 638-square nautical mile search, the Coast Guard is calling attention to the dangers and risks of hoax distress calls, Tuesday. Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service New York received a distress call Monday at approximately 4:20 p.m. from the crew of the yacht Blind Date stating the vessel...

Detroit man pleads guilty to making hoax distress call causing 2010 Lake Erie search

DETROIT — A 32-year-old Detroit man pleaded guilty Thursday to communicating a false distress message in March 2010 that resulted in a search on Lake Erie that cost taxpayers more than $50,000. Rear Adm. Michael N. Parks, commander of the Ninth Coast Guard District, and Barbara McQuade, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, said Craig C. Sanders could be ordered to pay about...