wjxt logo

False alarm: Coast Guard calls off search near St. Augustine

Photo does not have a caption

A series of dropped 911 calls off the coast of St. Augustine over the weekend were a false alarm, the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday.

In a tweet about 1:30 p.m. Monday, the Coast Guard said the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office located the person responsible for the calls, who told deputies the 911 calls were made accidentally and the caller was not actually in distress.

“Please remember to notify emergency services in case of an accidental call,” the Coast Guard added in a reminder to the public.

The Coast Guard launched a search Sunday about 10 miles southeast of St. Augustine after St. Johns County dispatchers took three dropped 911 calls about 9 a.m. Two life jackets were later recovered by boaters in the area, the agency said.

The search continued Monday until authorities confirmed the calls were not made by someone in distress.