From the UT San Diego website.
A man who made a bogus distress call to the Coast Guard was sentenced Tuesday to one year and one day in federal prison.
Sean M. Berry, 47, of San Diego had pleaded guilty to two charges of communicating a false distress message to the Coast Guard. In addition to the prison sentence, U.S. District Judge Michael Anello placed him on probation for three years and ordered him to pay $6,906 in restitution to the Coast Guard.
Berry admitted that on Nov. 12, 2010, he made a “Mayday” emergency radio transmission on the maritime international distress and emergency frequency. He said there were three people aboard his boat and it was going down, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Diego. The Coast Guard launched a search that lasted more than an hour.
Berry admitted in his guilty plea that he made the call from his home near National City. He also admitted he made a fake emergency call from his home on Jan. 1, 2011, on the same emergency channel.