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
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.