Distress Call Hoaxer Sentenced

Press Release
Thursday, January 24, 2013

The U.S. Coast Guard & U.S. Attorney Office announce sentencing in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Former Coast Guard man Shane Coxon, 24, was sentenced for knowingly making a false distress call to the Coast Guard in July 2010, and was sentenced to time-served of approximately three and a half months imprisonment to be followed by two years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay the U.S. Coast Guard more than $4,500 in restitution.

Prior to the incident, Coxon was a petty officer second class in the Coast Guard, stationed at Sector Northern New England. On July 18, 2010, Coxon called the Coast Guard Sector Northern New England Command Center, provided a false name and reported a flare sighting off the coast of Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Flares are a universally recognized mariner distress signal.

The Coast Guard issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and launched crews from South Portland, Maine. The search lasted nearly an hour and a half and cost the Coast Guard more than $4,500, while putting rescue crews at risk.

“In the Northeast alone, our crews respond to more than 2,500 search and rescue cases per year and save more than 350 lives,” said Lt. Joe Klinker, 1st Coast Guard District Public Affairs Officer. “We’ve been performing these missions for 200 years, our crews are constantly busy, and their mission is dangerous. That’s why we have the tools in place to prosecute hoax offenders.”

 

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