York County responders, Coast Guard receive fake reports of overturned boat

York County crews and the U.S. Coast Guard responded to false reports of an overturned boat on the York River on Friday night.

The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office is now investigating the call as a “swatting” incident, or an unfounded emergency report.

According to a news release, the York County Department of Fire and Life Safety and the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an overturned boat with subjects in the water near the Coleman Bridge on the York River just after 8:30 p.m. Jan. 11.

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission also responded along with a vessel from Abingdon Volunteer Fire/Rescue.

The U.S. Coast Guard received a similar call at around the same time, the release states, and dispatched a marine vessel and a helicopter. Emergency responders found nothing after a complete coordinated search of the river in the reported area along with the associated shoreline.

“The manner in which the U.S. Coast Guard received the call appears similar to that received by York County’s 9-1-1 Center,” the release states.

All units and search vessels have since cleared the scene.

Individuals with questions or associated information can reach the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office at 757-890-3630, or the York County Department of Fire and Life Safety at 757-890-3600.

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