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.