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Saturday, 19 June 2010

SOS Hoaxer Jailed

According to the San Fransisco Chronicle another nut job has been jailed for 30 months after making false SOS calls. 53-year-old Kurtis Thorsted of Salinas made 51 false distress calls over six months, costing the Coast Guard $102,000 in search and related costs. It was not the first time he has been convicted of the same offence either. He was prosecuted in 2004 as well and was jailed for two year and had to pay $29,000 in restitution to the coast guard.

In one incident a rescue helicopter had to delay rescuing two fisherman aboard a sinking vessel because it was low on fuel as a result of one of Thorstead's hoaxes.

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