NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Coast Guard authorities in New Haven say 11 of the emergency calls they received last year were determined to be probable hoaxes.
John Olsen, the command duty officer for the Coast Guard's Long Island Sound sector, says those were among 58 mayday calls of undetermined origin.
Hoax emergency calls like the one about a yacht explosion off New Jersey cost U.S. taxpayers millions of dollars a year. Monday's search operation off New Jersey took about five hours and cost rescue agencies more than $300,000.
Authorities say there is little they can do to prevent hoax calls.
Olsen said anytime the Coast Guard can determine the rough position of an emergency call, it sends out boats or aircraft for searches.