When the U.S. Coast Guard responds to an emergency off the North Carolina coast, they don’t expect the call for help to be a hoax. Unfortunately, these events occur more than you think. Responding to false distress calls is not only expensive, it can put rescue personnel in dangerous situations. A local man was recently sentenced to prison for making hoax calls to the U.S. Coast Guard in October 2013. Sarah Finch has more.
It’s the familiar fable of the boy who cried wolf, but in this case, with very costly consequences.