San Diego man accused of false mayday calls 

Federal prosecutors say they've charged a San Diego man with sending fake mayday calls to the U.S. Coast Guard over the past five years.

U-T San Diego ( ) says 47-year-old Sean Berry was arrested Monday and arraigned Wednesday on four counts of communicating a false distress message.

Berry has pleaded not guilty.

The indictment alleges that Berry sent a message on Dec. 18, 2007 that his boat, the Timberwolf, was taking on water and he was trying to salvage it by bailing it out.

He's accused of making three similar calls in 2008, 2010 and 2011.

He faces a maximum of six years in prison on each count if convicted.


Information from: U-T San Diego,

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