Coast Guard Hoax Calls 

The Coast Guard is asking for the

public’s help in tracing several distress calls in northern New

England in recent weeks that officials say were probably hoaxes.

According to the Coast Guard, that latest hoax occurred Saturday

afternoon when a man called on a radio saying he had hit rocks neat

the Hampton Bridge in New Hampshire.

When the call was investigated, there were no signs of any boat

in trouble.

The Coast Guard says it responded to two other distress calls in

northern New England last month that also turned out to be hoaxes.

Chief Petty Officer Christopher Wheeler said false distress

calls cost tens of thousands of dollars each and put Coast Guard

crews and the boating public in danger.