Toledo man charged with making false distress call to U.S. Coast Guard

CLEVELAND – William J. Edwards, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Rear Adm. Peter V. Neffenger, Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District, today announced the filing of a criminal indictment charging Frederico C. Flores, age 21, of Toledo, Ohio, with communicating false distress messages to the United States Coast Guard.

Oyster Bay Mayday Might Have Been A Hoax

NEW YORK-A mayday call prompting a multi-agency rescue response by sea and air is now believed to be a hoax. The Coast Guard, Suffolk County Police Department and Nassau County Police Department saturated the area near Centre Island, N.Y., after receiving a mayday from a man who said his vessel was taking on water and was sinking around 5 p.m., yesterday.

Hoax call costs Newport, N.C., man more than $45,000

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – A U.S. district judge sentenced a Newport, N.C., man 60 months probation Tuesday and the court imposed restitution in the amount of $45,292.78 for a false distress call that resulted in search and rescue efforts from multiple agencies. On Sept. 20, 2007, Joe D. Mills, Jr., used a handheld VHF radio from his front yard to fraudulently report a vessel taking on water to Coast...

Coast Guard Response to False Distress Call Cost Everyone

MILWAUKEE – During the month of June, Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan units have responded to several calls that were heard on VHF channel 16 by people claiming to be in distress on the water. On June 1, the Coast Guard responded to a radio call made by a child. The subsequent hour and a half search by a 25-foot small boat from Coast Guard Station Milwaukee and a HH-65 helicopter from Coast...


SAN DIEGO (CG Public Affairs) – For more than 200 years the U.S. Coast Guard has responded to distress calls at sea as quickly as possible as if it were an actual call for help. But every once in a while, some of those calls are found to be false alarms, or hoax calls, sent by people who willingly mislead the Coast Guard and other search and rescue assets for various reasons. What they don’t...