San Diego man charged with making phony SOS calls 

A San Diego man has been charged with sending false distress signals to the Coast Guard.

A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday charges that 47-year-old Sean M. Berry broadcast false mayday signals four times since 2007. Each time, he allegedly claimed that his boat, the Timberwolf, was taking on water.

A statement by U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy says phony distress calls can endanger search crews that answer them and distract rescuers from responding to real emergencies.

Berry was arrested on Monday and held on $25,000 bail.

He faces up to six years in prison on each felony count if convicted.

A call to the federal defender representing Berry, Paul Barr, wasn't immediately returned Thursday.

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