Bogus Distress Calls Tax Coast Guard Assets

Bogus Distress Calls Tax Coast Guard Assets

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Mobile, AL -

 The U.S.Coast Guard is asking for the publics help after being sent on bogus searches four times over the past six weeks.

The latest came Friday at 9:00am when Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a distress call on VHF-FM Channel 16 about a ship on fire south of Horn Island.

The caller stated that four people were going into the water.

The Coast Guard dispatched a boat, helicopter and a jet, but there was no sign of a boat in distress.

In a press release, Coast Guard Commander Eric King said, "False distress calls like this tie up valuable assets like aircraft and boats, waste taxpayer money and put our crews at risk every time since we take every distress call seriously and they impede the ability of first responders like the Coast Guard and our partners to respond to real distresses where real lives may be in genuine peril."

Anyone with information on the false distress calls can contact Coast Guard Sector Mobile at (251) 441-6213.

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