Coast Guard reward to catch fake 'mayday' caller - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Coast Guard reward to catch fake 'mayday' caller

Posted: Updated:

MONROE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard has announced a $3,500 reward for help in catching a man who's made at least 20 fake "mayday" calls on a marine radio operating in the Monroe area.
    
The Coast Guard's Cleveland office says the man began calling in 2010, making claims such as that his boat is sinking. The Coast Guard is posting 15 recordings to see if anyone recognizes the man's voice.
    
Lt. Justin Westmiller in Detroit says the calls could cause a disaster by diverting rescuers from a real emergency.
    
He says the prank caller uses marine band radio VHF-FM Channel 16. It's the international hailing and distress frequency.
    
Westmiller says the calls come from the Bolles Harbor area on Lake Erie in Monroe County's Monroe Township.

  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Sleeping man injured when car crashes into bedroom

    Sleeping man injured when car crashes into bedroom

    Saturday, April 19 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-04-20 01:12:40 GMT
    A man was injured by a car inside his own bedroom on Saturday afternoon. He was sleeping in the bedroom of his apartment on Brownstone around 5:30 p.m. when a Buick crashed through the wall.
    A man was injured by a car inside his own bedroom on Saturday afternoon. He was sleeping in the bedroom of his apartment on Brownstone around 5:30 p.m. when a Buick crashed through the wall.
  • 419 Day celebrated on social media

    419 Day celebrated on social media

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:14 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:14:37 GMT
    Saturday was April 19 or 4-19 and locals thought this was the perfect day to celebrate businesses in the 419 area code in person and on social media.
    Saturday was April 19 or 4-19 and locals thought this was the perfect day to celebrate businesses in the 419 area code in person and on social media.
  • Vengeful note left in 2 boys' murder

    Vengeful note left in 2 boys' murder

    Saturday, April 19 2014 10:20 PM EDT2014-04-20 02:20:03 GMT
    A woman who shot and killed her two young grandsons before committing suicide last year left a note to the boys' parents saying they did not deserve to have the children, according to a police report.
    A woman who shot and killed her two young grandsons before committing suicide last year left a note to the boys' parents saying they did not deserve to have the children, according to a police report.

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!