Coast Guard seeks source of fake distress calls

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http://www.13abc.com/story/16624622/coast-guard-seeks-source-of-fake-distress-calls

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service is working to identify the source of dozens of fake distress calls over the past two years.

The Coast Guard says the messages were sent over marine band radio on a frequency used for distress calls. The callers report being in distress in boats or planes on Lake Erie.

The agency says fake calls are dangerous because they distract crews that might be needed for real emergencies.

Investigators believe the calls came from somewhere in southeastern Michigan, south of Monroe. An award of up to $3,500 is being offered for information leading to the conviction of whoever is responsible.

A Coast Guard officer from Cleveland says investigators believe one person made more than 50 fake calls.
 
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