Police hunt ‘Mayday’ hoaxer

Coastguard rescue helicopter in action in Lyme Bay

Coastguard rescue helicopter in action in Lyme Bay - Credit: Archant

Malicious broadcaster operating in the Lyme Bay area

Police are hunting a “Mayday” hoaxer who has been broadcasting distress messages in the Lyme Bay area.

The latest VHF channel 16 transmission was received by Portland Coastguards on Saturday at around 9.45am.

Despite a response and a subsequent broadcast for any stations with information, nothing further was heard.

A spokesman for the MCA said that the voice recording was compared with other spurious transmissions made in the last few weeks and it is believed that this was a malicious hoax.

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Radio interference authorities and Dorset Police have been informed.

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