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.”
The organization has posted online audio clips of several of the suspect calls, including one that simply states, “Mayday, mayday, mayday.” Another warns, “Listing hard to starboard and taking on water.”
Another claims, “We’re off Tillamook Rock.”
The public’s help is being sought as all of the calls have come from the vicinity of the Columbia River entrance, officials said. That would put them coming from the Chinook, Washington, area, or between Warrenton and Seaside, Oregon.
There have been 22 fake calls since April, and they are believed to have been made by the same person.