Source: United States Coast Guard
Coast Guard requests mariners inspect VHF marine radios
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Coast Guard requests mariners in the Hilton Head and Beaufort area to inspect their VHF marine radios.
Coast Guard Sector Charleston command center watchstanders received multiple uncorrelated distress calls on the digital selective calling (DSC) system carried over a VHF marine radio in the Hilton Head and Beaufort area over the past few months.
These DSC radio calls originate from an unregistered VHF radio displaying a maritime mobile service identity (MMSI) address of 100000001. The first signal was received by the Charleston watchstanders April 26 and has since been transmitted intermittently causing inference with marine radio traffic.
False distress calls have the potential to mask genuine distress calls and overwhelm the search and rescue systems’ ability to respond to emergencies.
The Coast Guard urges all mariners to check their VHF radios and contact Coast Guard Sector Charleston at 843-740-7050 if you have any information about the faulty radio.
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