Coast Guard Narrows Search for Prank Caller to Maryland

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YORKTOWN, Va. - Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown unveils its new response boat at the Boat Forces Center Thursday, March 5. The 45-foot response boat will be replacing the 41-foot utility boat that has been in service for more than 30 years. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 2nd Class Nathan Henise)

After two years, the U.S. Coast Guard has had about enough of a prank caller.

According to CBS Baltimore, someone from Maryland has been calling into the Coast Guard reporting fake marine emergencies. The distress deceiver has used such phrases as, “Mayday!” and, “I’m sinking, I’m sinking, I repeat, I’m sinking  I’m sinking.”

There have been a total of 28 prank calls over two years, ABC2 reports. While all children of a certain age can appreciate a good “Amanda Huginkiss,” these particular calls cost taxpayer money. Since the Coast Guard must take distress calls seriously, lots of man hours and $500,000 were spent in response.



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