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Coast Guard searching for Pacific NW man who has made 22 false mayday calls

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SEASIDE, OR (KPTV) -

The Coast Guard is working to track down a man who has made 22 false mayday calls in the last seven months.

The calls have all come from Chinook, Washington or somewhere between Warrenton and Seaside.

A voice analysis conducted by Carnegie Mellon University has determined the suspect is likely a white man, 35-40 years old with an East Coast or Southeastern Coast accent.

The analysis puts the person at around 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and 190 pounds.

The Coast Guard has released a video that features the caller's voice at this link.

"False maydays waste valuable time and resources, but most importantly it potentially puts responding personnel in danger and can interfere with legitimate search and rescue cases," said Capt. Bill Timmons, commander, Sector Columbia River. "These false reports have to stop, so I ask anyone with a legitimate tip in locating this person or persons to step forward immediately."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sector Columbia River command center at 503-338-9021.

A hoax call to the Coast Guard is punishable by up to 6 years in prison, more than $250,000 in fines and reimbursement to the Coast Guard for operating costs incurred.

If a mayday call, actual or potentially false, is heard, boaters are encouraged to contact their local Coast Guard unit and relay what they heard.

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