Officers at the U.S. Coast Guard station in New Haven said they receive numerous calls for emergency rescues and assistance every year, but many turn out to be hoaxes, such as .
An article by the New Haven Register said officials at the Coast Guard station said hoax calls cost taxpayers millions of dollars by unnecessarily deploying Coast Guard vessels and aircraft, and local police boats and fire department rescue boats.
A false report of a yacht explosion off New Jersey on Monday cost taxpayers an estimated $300,000. Fire department boats from Madison, Guilford, , and West Haven responded to the false report last month.
The article said 11 of the 58 emergency calls the New Haven USCG station received last year were deemed to be hoaxes.