Chief Warrant Officer Curtis Barthel reported April 22 that U.S. Coast Guard Station Rockland recently responded to two calls that were likely to be false alarms.

On April 19 at 6:20 p.m., Station Rockland heard a person on the radio saying, “Help me,” Barthel wrote in his weekly report to The Herald Gazette. “The station tried to hail the person back, but there was no response. It was determined that the radio call came from somewhere between Camden and Bucksport.”

At 6:39 p.m. Station Rockland launched its 25-foot response boat with Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Andrew Watkins as the coxswain. Barthel said a Falcon jet from Cape Cod was diverted from another mission and flew over the area. He said the jet was low on fuel and needed to return to Cape Cod, and that an HH-60 helicopter was launched from Cape Cod to assist in the search.

“The response boat and helicopter searched from Camden to Verona Island with negative results and at 11:08 p.m. the search was suspended until morning,” Barthel wrote. “The following morning, a Falcon jet out of Cape Cod flew over the area and also found nothing. The case was suspended pending further information.”

On April 21 at 1:16 p.m., according to Barthel’s report, Station Rockland heard a person on the radio saying “Mayday, Mayday, Mayday, I need help, I am on dry land.” The station tried to return the hail, but there was no response.

“It was determined that the radio call came from somewhere in the vicinity of West Penobscot Bay, based on other boats also hearing the call,” Barthel said.

“At 1:20 p.m., the 25-foot response boat was diverted from another mission and responded to the Mayday call with Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Robert Baumgardner as the coxswain,” the report continued. “The response boat searched the area with negative results. At 1:48 p.m., the call was determined to be a probable hoax. Case closed.”