Coast Guard Trying To Track Down Prank Caller

The Coast Guard is trying to track down the individual who made recent false distress calls in North Carolina.

Sector North Carolina watchstanders overheard two men talking on their marine VHF radios about making false distress calls to the Coast Guard. One of the men admitted to previously making a false distress call to the Coast Guard.

Making a false distress call is a felony with the possibility of up to five to ten years in prison, a $5,000 civil fine, a $250,000 criminal fine and reimbursement to the Coast Guard.

It was just this past March that three men from Eastern Carolina were charged and found guilty of making false distress calls.

Each defendant will pay restitution to the Coast Guard for all search and rescue costs associated with the various hoax calls attributable to them individually.


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  • by Anonymous on Jul 14, 2010 at 05:36 PM
    The CG has new type of antennas call RESCUE 21 that uses several radio towers to trianglate the location of distress calls. Then VHF radios send a signal id unique to that VHF radio. If that radio has been registered or is ever used again, it can be tracked.
  • by sperry on Jul 13, 2010 at 12:29 PM
    How do they track it?
  • by anonymous on Jul 13, 2010 at 12:08 PM
    Didn't the CG just send someone to federal prison for 12 months for the same idiotic thing....
  • by Anonymous on Jul 13, 2010 at 04:15 AM
    When they catch them, they need to pay back the Coast Guard for all the time and money spend chasing the fake calls. Then send them to jail.
  • by Seasick on Jul 12, 2010 at 09:14 PM
    Catch them and throw the book at them.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 12, 2010 at 08:52 PM
    Wow, what a bunch of morons. An open air transmitter such as a VHF radio isn't THAT hard to track. It sends a signal, it can be tracked. Not to mention the false call in the first place. People really are as dumb as they seem.
  • by justice on Jul 12, 2010 at 08:23 PM
    Very few people will risk their own lives to save yours, and to play games with the Coast Guard by doing these foolish acts is worthy of being taking out back behind the barn with a belt then go to jail. You could be putting someone else at risk which really needs their help, yet they are busy chasing your false claims.
  • by nick Location: chocowinity on Jul 12, 2010 at 06:11 PM
    what idiots would prank call a distress call tht is just plain out insane they aer askin for jail time when u prank call a coast guard. and i hope they catch them too.
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