Forget fake news, fake mayday calls are a real problem

An investigation has been launched into fake distress calls that have been plaguing U.S. Coast Guard officials who monitor the waters off the coast of Washington and Oregon, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

The manufactured calls for help have been documented over the last seven or eight months, and they are far from being a small issue, since rescue personnel respond each time.

“False maydays waste valuable time and resources, but most importantly it potentially puts responding personnel in danger and can interfere with legitimate search and rescue cases,” said Capt. Bill Timmons of the Columbia River sector of the Coast Guard.

“These false reports have to stop, so I ask anyone with a legitimate tip in locating this person or persons to step forward immediately.”


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