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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