Skip to Content

All Releases

Mid Atlantic Releases

Mid Atlantic Media Contacts

5th District HQ in Portsmouth

(757) 398-6272

Baltimore

(410) 576-2541

Join the Mid Atlantic mailing list:

(Skip to the Subscription Page)





All information is retained for the sole use of the site owner and will not be distributed or sold.

Questions/Comments

(Skip to the Inquiry Page)



Mid Atlantic Media Contact: (757) 398-6272

5th District Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

Date: April 23, 2013

Contact: Public Affairs Detachment Baltimore

Office: (410) 576-2541

PHOTO RELEASE: Coast Guard conducts operation seeking public assistance

Petty Officer 2nd Class Travis Deichl, a member of Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, hands a flyer Tuesday, April 16, 2013, to Justin Gonzalez, a worker at Weaver’s Marine Service in Baltimore, with information about Operation Mayday. The Coast Guard visited marinas in Maryland and Washington D.C., to inform the boating community about the operation, which highlights the dangers and criminal penalties of making false distress calls. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Lindberg Petty Officer 2nd Class Travis Deichl, a member of Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, hangs up a flyer Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at Riverside Marine in Essex, Md., informing boaters about Operation Mayday. The operation highlights the dangers and criminal penalties of making false distress calls. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Lindberg

BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard in Maryland and Washington is conducting the 2nd annual Operation Mayday from April 15 to May 15.

During the operation, the Coast Guard will visit marinas to inform boaters about the dangers of making false distress calls - a felony punishable by law.

“Since April 1st, 2012, under Operation Mayday, the Coast Guard has visited over 170 marinas in Maryland and Washington, D.C.,” said Otis E. Harris Jr., Special Agent in Charge at Coast Guard Investigative Service Chesapeake Region.

By visiting marinas, the Coast Guard is looking to the boating community for any knowledge on false distress calls.

“The Coast Guard is asking for the public to be vigilant, to help identify those individuals responsible for false distress calls, and [we’re] counting on those with information to come forward,” said Harris. “No bit of information, no matter how seemingly inconsequential, is too small. Each piece moves us forward toward justice. It is extremely important to contact us with any information regarding false distress calls.”

Coast Guard Investigative Service Baltimore has established a 24-hour telephone line to report anyone who is suspected of making false distress calls. Anyone with information is asked to call 410-576-2696.

The maximum penalty for making a false distress call is six years in prison, a $5,000 civil fine, a $250,000 criminal fine and reimbursement to the Coast Guard.

###

Saving Lives and Guarding the Coast Since 1790.
The United States Coast Guard -- Proud History. Powerful Future.

Powered by the PIER System | LOGIN