The United States Coast Guard says, temporary Denial of Service 911 hoax calls plague our nation’s first responder agencies. Hospitals, police and fire departments, and other public service entities are continually vulnerable to bomb threats, active shooter situations, and general false emergency claims.
Similarly, there is a growing hoax call problem on the Channel 16 maritime distress frequency, which mariners rely on for radio communications in our nation’s ports and waterways. Search and rescue (SAR) hoax calls disrupt and divert the Coast Guard’s operational response to legitimate mariners in emergency situations.
The USCG, says that regrettably, these perpetrators often go unpunished due to a lack of offshore geo-location capability on the part of Coast Guard and local law enforcement investigators. Read more at USCG
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