Hoax call warning

By Emily Pearce

Thursday, November 22, 2012

 

HOAX callers who sparked a coastguard rescue operation off the Isle of Wight have been warned they face prosecution if caught.

Solent Coastguard received a call for help yesterday afternoon (Wednesday), purportedly from a vessel taking on water.

The Bembridge RNLI Lifeboat and Coastguard Rescue Team were sent to the scene, to the south east of Sandown Pier, but were unable to find anything despite searching the area for more than two hours.

Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesman Jo Rawlings said: "Making hoax calls is against the law, and we seek to prosecute anyone found doing so. Search resources always have to be deployed just in case it is an emergency."

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

Facebook Icon Twitter Icon Delicious Icon

More News

1 - 2 - 3 - 4

Most Read

  1. Woman take to hospital after crash

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  2. Woman suffers serious injuries

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  3. Dairy ends milk processing after 30 years

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  4. Candidate not backed by independent councillors

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  5. Bluebells arrive early at Mottistone

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

View our Elgin Traffic & Travel Map