In an attempt to trace the origin of a hoax distress call, the U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic is reaching out to citizens via their Facebook page for help identifying the voice of the caller.
In a video posted yesterday, the USCG plays the hoax call over a map of where the signal is suspected to originate from. According to the original post, the USCG has already spent some $15,000 on searches associated with the call. Anyone with any information, or recognizes the voice in the video is being asked to call the Coast Guard hotline at (410) 576 - 2696.
The moderator of the pages reports that the last attempt to trace a call via Facebook lead to a successful identification of the caller. A $2,000 reward is being offered for any information that leads to the identification of the caller.
According to the Coast Guard's website, filing a hoax distress call can come with a hefty penalty including six years in prison, a $250,000 criminal fine, or being required to reimburse the Coast Guard for any costs associated with the hoax call.